Day-At-A-Glance Lesson Plan template

October 1, 2011

Day-At-A-Glance Lesson Plan template

October 1, 2011
I’ve had some kind requests to share my lesson plan template…this is the one shown in my All-in-One Teacher Binder post.

I’ve used this template for the past few years and it has worked really well for me.

It’s pretty self-explanatory, but I will tell you a lot of thinking did go into it!!

I wanted to create a template that would use the entire page and leave plenty of space for the subjects needed. So…

The sidebar on the left is for the subjects/activities that require little information, just notes about lunch duty, homework, etc.

The top bar is to keep track of our spelling unit and activity for the day, as well as the math game(s) we’ll be using.

And the four larger boxes are for the lesson plans in all major subjects. We are not required to write any specific sort of lesson plans in our school–just to document what we do in each subject. This amount of space has been just enough for me to pencil in our day.

And speaking of our day, I really do love this whole day-at-a-glance layout! I have tried so many variations over the years…a week at-a-glance, a day written out over two pages…but I was never really happy with them.

This one is great for me because I can have my binder lying open and see everything at once–in case I need to refer back to my plans. And it only uses 5 pages for the week.

So…I am sharing this file as a Word document, that way you can modify as needed (if you are interested in this template).

If you would like the same fonts, they are…
(Kevin and Amanda fonts, of course!)

I know this won’t be for everyone, because lesson plan templates are so personal…it’s really important to find one that works for you and it can be hard to do so. If you are searching for that perfect template, my good friend Ms. M. has a wonderful array of lesson plan options at her blog, A Teacher’s Plan…and she even does customized orders, which is so cool. That girl has quite the knack for colorful, organized, and eye-catching lesson plan templates–you must check them out if you haven’t already!

How do you like to organize your lesson plans? Have you used the same system for awhile now, or do you evolve your plans each year? I hope some of you can adapt this one!

Day-At-A-Glance Lesson Plan


  • Ginger Snaps October 2, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I really like it! I have all my days of the week across the top and my schedule down the side. =) I can print all my lessons on 3 pages usually. We are required to turn in lesson plans every Monday morning. I guess since we haven't met AYP in a few years, they have to require it. I dunno. =)

  • Shannon October 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I teach 6th grade and keep it simple in my actual lesson plans-2 pages for the entire week. However, I then make myself a list for each day to keep myself on task. Otherwise, I would forget what I was doing! 🙂 We are required to have on our lesson plans: objective, course of study standard, procedure, and evaluation. It's funny because my asst. principal wrote me a note about my lesson plans last week and reminded me to always put my page #s-so I wrote him a note back and said I don't teach out of a workbook or textbook right now. He also wanted to know where my "character ed" was noted. I told him to look on page 2 of my lesson plans where I have typed "character ed". Sometimes I wonder…… 🙂


  • Ms.M October 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    You see I learned something new. I like how you have lots of space in each box. If you don't mind, I might try a template like yours. 🙂

    Thanks for the inspiration and the should out!

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  • Jennifer October 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this, I'm still trying to pin down exactly what I want to use. I'd been using a weekly plan page I'd created/modified/found. I've found it to be difficult for me to use effectively. This looks like a great place to start for a daily plan. This week I started just writing them by hand and I was going to type them into a format later, however you've saved me that work 🙂

  • Brightfield Farm October 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Yay!! Thank you so much for posting this! I have checked back frequently and was so excited when I saw this. I did not get a chance to post a thank you the other day, but better late than never!! I love your site and can not thank you enough for all your help and inspiration!!

  • Jessi Sunshine January 24, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Thank you!!! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!!! I am on an organization kick right now. Call it early spring cleaning, but you have some of the BEST resources on your blog that help me get my brain juices flowing and get me motivated! Your blog is always open on my computer! Your work is appreciated~

  • marsterlb15 April 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I can't get the day at a glance to open. Can you post the link?

  • Anonymous July 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Your site is great. Do you have any ideas for a homework template with ladybugs on it. I'm using bugs as my theme throughout the school year.

  • Anonymous July 4, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Thank you! This lesson plan was needed inspiration. I saw it while looking at the teaching binder and was so excited to see the template available! Thanks so much for sharing it and all your wonderful ideas!

  • Donielle Rice July 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I am not able to open the link to the lesson plan template. Any idea why? I love the all in one binder and the lesson plan template. Nice and easy to follow.

    • Kristen July 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Hi Donielle, Are you using Internet Explorer? Browsers like Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome have an easier time opening files on the net.

  • vantastic! July 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for this template! I love the idea of using the space for content only–I was dedicating way too much space to recess and lunch.

    Your site is fabulous! Thanks for all of the inspiration :).


  • wyguymom August 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Can't wait to try it! Thanks!

  • Ms. M from Teachingisagift August 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I appreciate you sharing this. I liked the idea so much that I made my own version in PORTRAIT rather than LANDSCAPE and I personalized each day of the week. I loved the idea as I had been looking for a way to write out only my necessary plans per day, rather than whole lesson plans. Thanks!

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