When I did the post about Curriculum Mapping, Betsy K. asked in the comments about what my lesson planning crate was and how to organize lesson plans, so I thought maybe I would throw together a quick post to explain!
Knowing how to organize your lesson plans and lesson plan book in your elementary classroom makes it really easy for you to find the resources you need quickly and efficiently.
Which means your third grade students will get the writing prompt you have prepared in seconds. Or your kindergarteners have the new Venn diagram template on their desks in a snap.
Whatever grade level you teach at your school – you’ll find this easy example idea useful for creating your “lesson station.”
On Fridays, I always made sure my lesson plans were done for the following week, and then I started running copies and gathering my materials for the upcoming week, so that when I left on Friday (which of course, was not always right after contract time, but it is ever?), I would leave knowing that when I walked in Monday, I was good for the week.
And in the case of the sick child on Sunday night, if a last-minute substitute was needed, everything would be in place and ready!
How to organize your lesson plans and materials:
My lesson plan crate was kept on a table, counter top, or has even been located on an extra student desk that was shoved against a wall.