When I began teaching elementary general music 5 years ago, my biggest problem was finding a lesson plan template that worked for me. Elementary lesson plan templates don’t work because these assume that you teach the same class every day. I bought 3 or 4 books about music lesson plans, and they just didn’t fit what I needed. I created a template that worked for me that I would like to share. Some of the elementary music teachers in my district have adopted it and we feel that it covers what we need.
I used many different templates and suggestions from online websites and my colleagues. When it was finally “finished” (because EVERYTHING is “under construction!”) we felt it contained what would make our job easier – isn’t that what it’s all about???
This template includes the curriculum for each marking period, Bloom’s Taxonomy, differentiated instruction, cross-curricular areas, materials needed, and the plan. In our district, we see our students twice a week for 40-minutes each period, so there are 2 spaces in the middle for the plan for the first and second period for the week. There are also spaces in the middle, one for each home class in the grade level (we had four third grades this year) so as to write notes to remember where each class was at the end of the lesson/week. This negates the need for the question “What did we do last class?” The lesson plan is also completely computerized, so we type in whatever information needs to be added, save it, and it’s filed for the year.
I wish to share this with you as I know it can be difficult to find things that work for you. This template works for me, but it may not work for everyone! Comments and suggestions are welcome and ALWAYS appreciated!
I would be happy to recreate this plan for you or your staff according to your needs. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] for details.
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