I just finished creating a lesson plan form for myself that I decided to share with you all. I had a lesson plan form in Open Office that I had modified over time but stopped really using Open Office anymore but I had not made the time to create one in a program I use. So I added it to my Summer To Do List.
I have struggled with the perfect lesson plan form because I like it to be in chronological order, but I also need a section to put what will be at my centers each week.
The plan I used to use had separate spaces for all the scheduled parts of the day, but I found that some of it was mostly wasting space. I rarely needed to put anything on my plans about lunch, for example. So I just left those off of this plan.
You will notice that there are two sections with a mention of arts/crafts and/or small group to be listed at those times. This is when I have centers going on and pull students for arts/crafts and/or small groups. If I have less than ten students then I am in the classroom by myself, so only one of those will happen during each centers time. However, if I have an assistant one of us will be working on arts/crafts and the other in small groups each day.
I am a very visual person so I copy and paste book covers into my plans for Story Time as well as including pictures of the crafts I am planning. Because of this I decided to figure out how to share a plan that would allow you to add photos to your plan as well in the sections for Arts/Crafts and Small Groups as well as Story Time.
As you can see above, in order to give maximum text space I overlapped the text and image fields. This means if you do not want an image you can fill the entire box with text. If you do want an image I suggest that you add it first so that you can more easily see how much text area you will have and make adjustments to your text size as necessary.
This form opens with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Be sure you have the most up to date version since some of the older versions did not allow for editable images. The files will be downloaded as a zip file. If you need instructions on how to extract zip files, this page has instructions for both Windows and Mac based computers.
As the year progresses I plan to share some of my plans with you using this form. I would love to also hear from you if this planning form helps you. You can find it by clicking any of the images in this post or by heading to my Freebies page.