Lesson Plan Sources

  • the "top" links (link)
  • Smithsonian (link)
  • The Apple (link)
  • Scholastic (link)
  • Verizon Infinity has excellent links to lessons and activities (link)
  • eMints is a great database of lesson plans and links that is searchable by grade and subject (link)
  • State of Ohio (link)
  • Excellent lesson plans by subject and grad from Alberta, Canada (link)
  • Curriki (link)
  • Discovery Educators Network has excellent lesson plans (link) and resources from other teacher (link)
    • Even if they don't find the exact resource that you are seeking, review a few and get inspired to design your own!
  • Alabama Learning Exchange (link)
  • Ideas to Inspire (link)
  • eMints lesson plan database from University of Missouri (link)
  • The League (link)
  • Lesson Corner (link)
  • Science teachers should visit NSTA.org (link)
  • Ideas to Inspire (link)
  • HotChalk's lesson plans (link)
  • ProTeacher (link) - click on the "Directory" square
  • HP teacher Exchange (link)
  • Lesson plans for users of Inspiration software (link) and award-winning plans (link)
  • Virtual Middle School Library lesson plans and projects (links)
  • Teach42 activities (link)

Lesson Plan Ideas

  1. You should not have to Google very much if you have a quality Personal Learning Network (PLN) and can tap into other people's resources. If you must do a Google search, consider these keywords (link)
  2. Good educational blogs (link)
  3. Create a Google Docs document or Wiki so that students can post questions about classwork or homework. Maybe other students will answer them.
  4. Design a Google Docs document template that students use to enter information, such as lab results or the introductory paragraph of a paper. Since it is online, students cannot lose it.
  5. Diigo
    1. Create a virtual field trip using Diigo's Webslides tool
    2. Create an overview of science experiment using Diigo's Webslides tool
    3. Create background collection of websites to preview an upcomming unit using Diigo's Webslides tool.
  6. Wordle.net
    1. Use a word cloud to point out grammar problems or missing topics from a paper.
    2. Have students write brief comments and aggregate them into a word cloud (try it with class expectations)
    3. Create a word cloud from text (copy & paste) to provide an overview of main topics.
    4. Compare two word clouds of famous speeches from different people.
    5. Compare two word clouds of different speeches from the same person.
    6. Quick and easy way to show results from class polls (try it with character traits from a book)
    7. Compare and contrast coverage of major news stories from newspapers around the world.
    8. summarize main ideas before a unit
    9. summarize main ideas after a unit
    10. show vocabulary for foreign langauge before a unit
    11. summarize text to describe characters in a book or story
    12. summarize class responses (twitteverse, chat, piratepad.net, Google Doc)
      keyword from a paraphrasing activity
      interpreting a poem or picture
      main ideas of a story
    13. compare and contrast two Wordles
      main idea of an original paper and revised paper
      attributes of friend vs bully
      two presidential speeches
    14. summarize student written work to confirm their intended focus
    15. summarize text and make a quiz (more points for smaller terms?)
    16. first step towards building a concept map
    17. background image for a presentation
    18. show a few speeches or historical documents and student figure out the source
    19. show a foreign language poem/storylyrics and have students find the source
    20. ice breaker - students describe themselves and other students figure out the source
    21. discuss choice and frequency of words in a poem
    22. compare different parts of the same book
    23. students color different types of words
      nouns, verbs, etc
      plot setting, conflict, etc
    24. students create a poem or story from the major Wordle terms
    25. identify the misspelled words or words that do not relate to the topic