Creating Lesson Plans: Lesson Description

Module 5: Writing the Lesson Description

Congratulations! You have almost finished all 5 modules in the Technology Integration Model Lesson Plan!

Working through these modules you have systematically learned the steps for developing a lesson plan specific to the planning and use of technology in your teaching.  We really hope you have gained an excitement at how effective and fun teaching with technology can be when it is planned. Remember in the beginning we said teaching with technology was not about the technology rather it is about the tools and technology coming together to facilitate learning.

With the technology integration model lesson plan template, we hope to have dispelled some of those negative opinions and experiences and given you the tools and the confidence to go forward and make technology an integral part of your classroom.

So far you have learned:

  • about national technology standards aiding your content standards
  • how to write objectives in ABCD format
  • how to include Bloom’s Taxonomy verbs
  • a revised version of Bloom’s for  technology
  • how to plan for differentiation and for any unforeseen complications that sometimes happen with technology
  • how to accurately assess students

By the end of this module you should be able to create:

  • Lesson Introduction or Problem Statement
  • Procedures and Activities
  • Rotation Plan
  • Lesson Closure

While you have already created the heart of the lesson, the lesson is not complete until you have included the next four parts.

Lesson Introduction or Problem Statement
For this section write a brief description or summary about the lesson. Describe what you will do to help your students become focused or motivated to learn. Write in language your students will understand. “In this lesson we will”…,
For example, lets say your lesson is asking students to research information about the major battles during the Civil War.  To make the lesson relevant for your students, try creating a problem statement they can have fun with.  “The battle rages between the North and South. Your commanding officer has given you the task of reporting casualties for the last major battles. Do your research and report back to your CO”

Lesson Procedures and Activities
Provide a sequential (step by step) description of the procedures and activities for the lesson and a time frame for each step. Leave time at the end of the period for clean up and organization.  If you are working in a place outside of your classroom, you may want to help your students stay organized by having folders for each of them to put any materials they have used especially if you plan for them to use them tomorrow. Nothing wastes more instructional time than a student who cannot find their work from the day before in their personal binder. Carol, a sixth grade English teacher, has pocket folders for each of her students. The folders are kept in separate containers for each of her teaching blocks. As students enter her room, they know to get their folder, use it for the day, and then return it at the end of the block. All their work is kept in one place just for that class.
Example:

Day 1

Activity

Using the school database, define the major battles between the North and South

Materials Needed

Computers

Paper

Pencil

Research Folder

Day 2

Activity

Materials Needed

Day 3

Activity

Materials Needed

Rotation Plan
If the technology you are using is not available for every student to use throughout the lesson, you will need a plan in place which ensure equal time for every student to use the technology.  For example, if you have 25 students and only 8 computers, what is you plan for ensuring each student gets equal time on the computer? What will the other 17 students be doing when not on the computer?  The rotation plan can help you think through this situation before the lesson begins.

Example:

Group 1

Information Database using computers

Group 2

Print Material from library collection

Group 3

Reference Materials using iPads

Lesson Closure
Wrapping up a lesson can often be overlooked or even skipped. This is your time to help your students wrap up and reflect and get ready for what will be next. But taking time to talk with your students about what they have accomplished during the lesson is a teaching strategy full of potential.  How will you close the lesson?  Corey, an 8th grade social studies teacher closes his lessons this way.  At the end of the teaching block he plans the last ten minutes as time to reflect. He turns on music softly in the background.  This is his student’s cue that its time to get quiet and return their attention to him.  As the music plays, the students share quickly about something they learned today, where they are in their research, what they want to do tomorrow. Courtney, a science teacher dismisses her classes at the end of the period by asking this simple question:  Think about what you did today.  What do you need to start on tomorrow? For the lesson closure, think of ways you can help your students really “get” the big picture of what they have been engaged in and why it was relevant to their learning.