Sample lesson plans are available online and numerous results will actually be given to you with just a few search words. Because of the diversity, you will sometimes encounter or realize that some of these materials are either ineffective or not ideal to be used. When viewing sample lesson plans, especially those that are found as online resources, here is a list of the components that you need to see so that you can decide if the lesson plan is okay to use or not:
- Goals. This part determines the purpose and aim of why the lesson plan will be used. It should be stated to give you an idea on how the overall lesson plan will be carried out, how it will begin, and how it will end.
- Objectives. This is the part that will tell you what the students will gain or learn from the lesson being implemented. Once you view a lesson plan, this part should be clearly indicated and given with proper emphasis.
- Prerequisites. These are previous lessons and learning that might be needed or required from the students to make sure that they will understand the lesson plan that you plan to teach. This will give you a chance to assess your students’ previous lesson and build the transition from there.
- Materials. Once you view a sample lesson plan, you have to look for this part so that you will know the materials and equipment to be used. In doing so, you will also be able to gauge the preparation time needed and the overall classroom management. Check the availability of the required materials or if you need to do any substitutions.
- Lesson Description. This part is where the subject or a brief discussion of the lesson is indicated. Look for this part to check previous lessons and principles that you might need to connect or cite as well, once the lesson begins.
- Lesson Procedure. When you view a sample lesson plan, this will probably be the part with the longest discussion. Lesson procedure should show you a detailed or step-by-step delivery of the lesson. This might not happen during the actual class, but this will be the main guide to follow. Thus, this part should also match the goals and objectives that are mentioned. This section is further divided into smaller sections for better description and recognition. These parts are the following:
- Main Activity
- Follow up Lessons/Activities
- Assessment/Evaluation. Look for this part so that you will have an idea if the lesson was properly carried out and understood by the students. The evaluation part should also answer the objectives that are stated in the earlier part of the lesson plan so that a match will be seen.
These are the parts that you need to check every time you view sample lesson plans on the web. These are the most basic components found in lesson plans that will help you gauge or judge if the online sample material is an effective vehicle for your lesson goals.