Lesson Planning Made Simple

Click here to find ideas and strategies for making lesson planning simple.  You'll see how to break down the process from a yearly outline to a daily lesson plan.  Resources and ideas for making your busy life less hectic when it comes to lesson planning are included.  There is even a year's worth of 2nd grade lesson outlines included for free.  {lesson plans, lesson outlines, 2nd, 3rd, homeschool, second, third}

Does lesson planning overwhelm you? Hopefully I can help you out with a few strategies and ideas that will simplify the process. Read below.

Click here to find ideas and strategies for making lesson planning simple.  You'll see how to break down the process from a yearly outline to a daily lesson plan.  Resources and ideas for making your busy life less hectic when it comes to lesson planning are included.  There is even a year's worth of 2nd grade lesson outlines included for free.  {lesson plans, lesson outlines, 2nd, 3rd, homeschool, second, third}


First things first.  You need to know what it is you are accountable for teaching. Make sure to have your standards printed.  Most states have either adopted common core or they have standards that are almost the same as common core but they changed the name so parents would stop complaining.  Whomever thought of that was a genius because it worked!

Before we go on, it's important for me to note that none of the resources listed here are affiliates or pay me to discuss them.  I've just used them for years in my classroom and I think they might have something you might be interested in.  The next thing I can't live without is my Common Core Companion.  It comes in handy when I need to differentiate, find questions to ask students or just need to understand what the authors had in mind. Most questions that I receive about lessons come from teachers who think the standard means something totally different than someone else because their district trained them differently or so forth.  It's a no brainer when you pull out a resource that explains five different ways exactly what the common core author's had in mind when they wrote it.

Click here to find ideas and strategies for making lesson planning simple.  You'll see how to break down the process from a yearly outline to a daily lesson plan.  Resources and ideas for making your busy life less hectic when it comes to lesson planning are included.  There is even a year's worth of 2nd grade lesson outlines included for free.  {lesson plans, lesson outlines, 2nd, 3rd, homeschool, second, third}


The next resource I use is my teacher planner from A Modern Teacher.  This helps me to sketch out a quick yearly plans as well as detailed plans.  There is a lot of value and research that supports thematic teaching.  I use the planner to plug in what themes I want as well as when to teach standards. It's nice that you can use almost any topic to teach standards in reading and writing.

Click here to find ideas and strategies for making lesson planning simple.  You'll see how to break down the process from a yearly outline to a daily lesson plan.  Resources and ideas for making your busy life less hectic when it comes to lesson planning are included.  There is even a year's worth of 2nd grade lesson outlines included for free.  {lesson plans, lesson outlines, 2nd, 3rd, homeschool, second, third}

When it comes to teaching standards look them over and start with the ones the students had more access to in the year prior or that aren't as difficult.  You can check the Common Core Companion to see the standards from the year before.  If you aren't sure where to start, seek the help of a coworker.  In one hour you could sketch out the whole year.  Your goal isn't to have detailed plans, but rather an overview that makes sure you will teach the standards to mastery. I like to start the year with Asking and Answering Questions in both literature and informational. It's an important skill for all learners to fill comfortable with. We move on quickly to retelling and finding key details.  Just remember that you have the whole year to teach these standards.  Take them apart and teach a small bit at a time.  I explain with more detail on my video.

Once I have the year quickly sketched out, I start to plan my more detailed lessons in my AMT planner.    Here's some unsolicited advice... Teachers have this habit of buying different planners year after year because we hope that the next planner will be the key to writing the plans itself.  O.k. so I'm being a bit dramatic, but I was guilty of buying a million different planners instead of just fine tuning my planning. Once you find a planner that you like, stick with it and fine tune the small things that don't work.  When you start over with a new format every year, you add to your workload of figuring things out.  For example, I started with a digital planner from AMT.  I loved that I could customize everything, the format was perfect for writing plans,  but I'm not so particular that I feel the need to print my own.  So the next year I bought a spiral bound pre-printed lesson planner.  It was the same format that I was used to because it was from the same publisher.  Now I fixed the problem of doing all the printing myself,   BUT I had resources that I wanted to add and they were falling out of the planner. The next year I bought a pre-printed binder from AMT.  This my friends was the honey pot that I had been looking for.  The format was familiar and everything that I had been using was included, I didn't have to print it myself and now I could just open the binder and add my resources so that I could use them the next year.  PERFECTION!

Click here to find ideas and strategies for making lesson planning simple.  You'll see how to break down the process from a yearly outline to a daily lesson plan.  Resources and ideas for making your busy life less hectic when it comes to lesson planning are included.  There is even a year's worth of 2nd grade lesson outlines included for free.  {lesson plans, lesson outlines, 2nd, 3rd, homeschool, second, third}


So now it's all about the details.  Once you know what standards you will be teaching, you can plan day to day.  Consider sticking with a standard for at least a week or so.  This is especially important in the beginning of the year.  As the year goes on, you can add multiple standards to the same lesson and grow in rigor this way.  You want to state:  What the student will learn, how they will learn it, and how you will hold them accountable.  For example:  The students will read "Grizzly Bears" whole group while the teacher charts the questions and answers they are discussing.  The students will work with a partner to record 3 questions and answers with accuracy in their reading notebooks.  (If you check out my store, I have more lesson ideas that are coupled with print and teach materials.)  When I first start teaching new standards or change grades, I try to write out one lesson from each subject in long format.  That means I type out word for word what I'm teaching, saying and what the kids are doing.  I write the questions for every lesson on a separate paper to keep with me.  This helps me to keep lesson planning shorter, but my teaching more effective.

Hopefully you have found a couple of tricks here to make your lesson planning a little more effortless.  All of my lesson plans are published on this blog from the previous year.  If you are a second or third grade teacher you can use what I published to sketch out all of your lesson plans.  This blog post will kick off another year of lesson plans and hopefully I'll be able to add more anchor charts and visuals for you now that I have the lesson planning portion done.  If you haven't subscribed to my e-mail, I would recommend you do because e -mail subscribers receive resources that are exclusive to them and support my lesson plans. If you don't get the e-mail pop-up, you can email me at:  amylabrasciano@yahoo.com and I will add you to the list.

Click below to find the first of last year's lesson plans.

Click here to find ideas and strategies for making lesson planning simple.  You'll see how to break down the process from a yearly outline to a daily lesson plan.  Resources and ideas for making your busy life less hectic when it comes to lesson planning are included.  There is even a year's worth of 2nd grade lesson outlines included for free.  {lesson plans, lesson outlines, 2nd, 3rd, homeschool, second, third}

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