Sample Lesson Plan


Note: This lesson plan is the actual lesson plan that was used by a teacher who was teaching his students how to write a lesson plan. The “parts” of the plan are bold-faced and underlined. A description of each part is provided next to each heading and will be found within parentheses.



Topic: Constructing a Lesson Plan


Long-Range Objective:  (Here you identify the major goal(s) or “big picture” associated with the lesson. A long-range objective may take more than one class session to complete.)


TSW develop an awareness of the benefits of daily lesson planning.


Set:  (Here you attempt to arouse curiosity or gain student interest in the topic to be covered)


Students are given a fake assignment in which they think they have only two minutes to prepare for a seven-minute presentation. At the end of the two minutes, they are told that the assignment is not real. Purpose: to spotlight the anxious feeling that accompanies a lack of planning, and to develop an appreciation for the benefits of constructing daily lesson plans.


Objectives   (One should identify the specific things students will learn or do at the end of the lesson)


1. Tsw identify the four parts of an instructional objective.

2. Tsw analyze techniques to enhance student learning during the instructional procedures phase of a lesson.


Instructional Procedures   (Here you take each objective and reveal the methods that will be used to teach them. In the example below, the procedures have been matched with the objectives above in order to indicate every step that would be covered to make sure students learn each objective.)


1.     List the four parts of an objective by name. (Obj. 1)

2.     Provide examples of objectives (on slides and Elmo projector)). Locate the four parts in each objective. (Obj. 1)

3.     Display additional objectives. With assistance from students, locate the parts of each objective. (Obj. 1)

4.     In groups of two, students identify the parts of 11 objectives displayed from the Elmo projector. (Obj. 1)

5.     Display instructional techniques to enhance student learning . (Obj. 2)

6.     Teacher-led discussion on the rationale for each technique. (Obj. 2)

7.     Display examples of instructional procedures from different lesson plans. In groups of two, students identify the techniques used to enhance learning. (Obj. 2)


Checks for Understanding   (Along the way, the teacher should check to see if the students are learning)


1.  Teacher observations related to IP #4

2.  Teacher observations related to IP #7

3.  Periodic Q & A


Modeling   (This step is used if you are teaching a skill. It consists of three steps: I do it, We do it, You do it)


{Note: Two examples are provided for those learning to write a lesson plan. The first example is a modeling activity written out in regular fashion.}


1.  Teacher writes sample objectives on board.

2.  Pupils assist teacher in writing objectives on topic of environment.

3.  In teams of two, students write objectives on topic of recycling.


{Note: This second example is a modeling activity that is already contained in the instructional procedures and can be cross-referenced.}


1.  See IP #2

2.  See IP #3

3.  See IP #4


Guided Practice   (This can help students gain confidence in homework that may be provided. Before working on problems independently, they get the opportunity to practice under guidance from the teacher)


{Two examples are provided for those learning to write a lesson plan: one cross-referenced, the other written out}


See IP #4. Teacher monitors/assists during group work. (Cross-referenced)


In groups of two, students write a sample lesson plan based on one objective. Teacher monitors, provides assistance to groups. (Written out)


Closure  (At the end of the lesson a final check for understanding should be made to determine student mastery of all objectives)


1.  Q & A review of all objectives

2.  Class Activity: From a list of classroom “events,” students identify what part of the lesson plan is taking place. Work to be completed in groups of two.

3.  Homework (Independent Practice): Each student develops the first half of a lesson plan on a topic in his/her major field.


Extra/Alternate Activities   (These are provided in case the original plan does not work, in the event there is extra time near the end of class, or if there is an equipment failure.)


1.  Extra – Construct an on-going lesson plan on the topic of Population Explosion in Middle Tennessee, adding each lesson plan component as they are covered in class (for additional practice).

2.  Alternate – Provide students with a sample lesson plan that contains some errors. Students evaluate each written component following its coverage in class. If the projector malfunctions, displays will be placed on the white board.


Materials (Here, the teacher lists the materials needed to teach this specific lesson.)


Powerpoint File: Lesson Design

Transparency of Sample Objectives

Transparency of Ebert & Roeper Sample Objectives

Transparency of Instructional Techniques that Enhance Learning