Lesson Planning Bonanza! {With a Template Freebie}

Ok. Before you throw rotten tomatoes at me, I know, you’re on summer break or you’re about to be on summer break and the very.last.thing you want to be thinking about is lesson planning.

I 100% understand. During the last 2 weeks of school, my lesson plans were single words scribbled into a mini-notebook I found while cleaning out cabinets {true story}. #typebteacher

But my brain has been on overload planning mode now that it has nothing to do, so I’ve been putting my all into getting my lesson plans for next year pumped out. It’s going to be a crazy busy year, so I thought i’d deal by getting ahead.

Just in case you’re in my same boat, or you’re just browsing for ideas for next year, I thought i’d share how I lesson plan with you {and stay tuned for a freebie at the end!}

You might have seen a picture of my lesson plan binder that I shared in this post. I have a yearly curriculum outline and then weekly plans. The only day that gets its own page for planning is the first day of school.

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This is what the curriculum overview looks like. This is a great free template I got here.

This doesn’t go into a lot of detail, but it gives me a quick glance at themes and what i’ll be teaching that month. The “GK” stands for Guiding Kinders, which is what I will be using for shared reading this year. LOVE Deanna and DeeDee.

I like having this monthly overview at the front of my binder so I can quickly look ahead and feel more prepared.

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This is what my actual lesson plans look like. I print them back to back so that when I open my binder I can see both the morning and the afteroon.

Again, these aren’t super detailed. You could make them that way if you wanted, but I view lesson plans as more of a guide. They tell me what lesson to teach or what activity I want to do, but most of those lessons already have full lesson plans in another binder somewhere.

I made these lesson plans before we changed our daily schedule for next year and i’m too lazy to go back and change them all so the subjects aren’t quite in the right order. That’s ok.

Here is the daily schedule I put in my binder:

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Like I said before, the only day that is special enough to get it’s own full 2-page lesson plan is the first day of school. Here is how I made that:

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Oh goodness. I just realized these have changed as well now that I need to introduce flexible seating! I’ll go over how I will introduce that in another post.

We actually have two first days. Half of the class comes for a full day Thursday and the other half come Friday. The lesson plan this day is pretty much all routines routines routines.

SO. Here is the freebie I promised you!

There are templates that look just like my pages but without the words, then there are blank pages with just the frames. The font I used on every page was “HelloTypewriter” from Hello Literacy and you can add tables to the blank pages by clicking “insert table.”

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4 thoughts on “Lesson Planning Bonanza! {With a Template Freebie}

  1. Tanya says:

    You mention Build and stem lessons but I was wondering if you could expand on what is lesson 1, what does lesson 2 look like, etc. ?

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    • collaboratinginkinder says:

      Hi Tanya, I get most of the BUILD centers from Elizabeth Hall at Kickin’ It in Kindergarten and I can go into more detail on how I run that time in another post. We only get to one math center a day.

      We’re a STEM school so we have units our district wants us to follow. We have a unit for each quarter and then those units are broken down into 5 main lessons. The lessons take 1-2 weeks, though, because they’re split up into smaller chunks like introduction, research, experiments, etc. For example, in the weather unit i’m currently writing, one lesson will focus on severe weather, but then it will be broken down into a few days learning about different types of severe weather, a few days talking about how to stay safe and designing disaster kits, and then science experiments.

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    • collaboratinginkinder says:

      Hi Laura, sorry, I should have put that in there! You’ll have to add text boxes where you want them. For the blank pages, you can insert your own table that you can type into by clicking “insert table.” Then it will have as many rows and columns as you need.

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