Health and Wellness Project: Activity Plan Template
Target Age Group:
NAEYC Standards :
Children’s Book Integration:
Biblical/ Character Education Principle:
Activity Plan Template Instructions
The lesson plan is the key component to effective instruction in the classroom. Studies have shown that teachers who are well prepared with exciting and interesting lesson plans have to deal with far fewer behavior issues in their classrooms. That is why it is so important for you to learn the basics of designing a lesson plan. You may not use a lesson plan you have created for another course for this assignment.
Choose your target age group and focus for this activity. Then consult the NAEYC Standards to identify the applicable standard(s) that align with your topic or focus for this activity. Keep in mind that this is a single activity, not an entire unit, so you will have to narrow down your topic to one that can easily be carried out in a single lesson.
Complete your Activity Plan using the provided Activity Plan Template. The following are explanatory guides for certain sections of your plan.
Create a learning objective to go with the topic, subtopic, and standard you have chosen. The learning objective must contain a condition, a performance/practice, and a criterion (CPC).
To complete this stage, you will need to do the following:
Identify a specific condition (a tool that you will give the students to complete the performance.) For example, “Given a display of eight fruits and vegetables…”
Identify a measurable performance (identify, list, recite, draw, etc.) that you want your students to be able to complete when the lesson is over. For example, “…each student will be able to identify the name of each and sort them into their category’s basket…”
Identify a criterion (an acceptable level of performance). For example, “….with six out of eight fruits and vegetables identified accurately.”
Here is a helpful template you can use: “Given ____________, each student will be able to _____________ ___/___times correctly.” (Note: This should be one simple and concise sentence.)
Your objective should be written to match the Summative Assessment at the end of the activity plan.
Decide what materials you are going to need to teach your lesson; list them in the space provided. For each material listed, give a brief explanation of how that material is to be used within the lesson.
Children’s Book Integration
Utilizing children’s literature within your lesson is impactful. It triggers critical thinking, enhances language, and promotes cognitive development. It is also an effective way in which to engage your students in the learning process and to cover the lesson’s objectives. Research and find an age-appropriate children’s book that aligns with your lesson’s topic and that will support the student’s progress towards the lesson’s objective.
Narrow down your specific topic to one particular concept on which your activity plan will focus. For example, if you choose healthy eating as your topic, you will further narrow that to a specific concept of healthy eating like identifying fruits and vegetables. Remember, this needs to be very focused and must fall under one or more NAEYC standards.
Next, you will be adding various technology options to the lesson. This section would include the use of computers, smartboards, overhead projectors, video or audio clips, etc. There is plenty of technology available to use if you are willing to search for it; be creative and diverse with your technology integration. Explain how you would incorporate the technology you chose into the lesson, and explain how the technology will benefit the teacher, the students, and the lesson itself. Be sure to include viable links for any websites, online video or audio clips, games, etc., that you find on the Internet.
Biblical/Character Education Principle
Now that you have created an objective for your subtopic, consider how to integrate biblical or character principles into your lesson. Find Scripture verses/principles or character principles that relate to your subtopics. Be sure to explain how the verse or character principle you chose specifically fits in with the lesson and how it relates to your students. In other words, how are you going to connect the principle with the rest of the lesson so the students have a better understanding of God and who He is? The point of this section is to be creative and to include the opportunity to reinforce biblical values and moral character into daily lessons. For example, if you are teaching a lesson on money, you can bring out Scripture verses that teach how important it is to handle our money in a way that is honoring to the Lord. You can emphasize honesty, tithing, saving, borrowing, and lending, etc., using different Scripture references. For this stage, fill in only the Biblical/Character Education Principle section on the activity plan.
This is the main part of your activity plan and should be the most detailed. This is where you are going to discuss how you will teach the lesson using each of the procedures listed. Here are some guidelines for each section:
Anticipatory Set: The anticipatory set is to be a very brief activity that gains the attention of the students. It may be a book, a song, a poem, a short news article, etc., that catches the attention of your students and sparks an interest in the topic of the lesson. This will be no more than 5 minutes.
Instruction: This is the direct instruction portion of your activity plan and must, therefore, be the most detailed. Use numbers or bullets to write out step-by-step what you will actually teach the students about this topic. Only include the steps of how you will teach the lesson in this section. PowerPoint presentations, interactive notebooks, graphic organizers, SmartBoard presentations, etc., are all acceptable things to use to help teach your lesson. However, this is not the place to include instructions for completing activities used in your guided or independent practice. The time spent on this section will vary depending on the age level for which the plan is designed.
Guided Practice: In this section, students will practice as a group or small groups what has been taught in the instruction section. You will give immediate feedback to allow students to self-correct if necessary. Depending on the time frame of your activity, you may be able to complete 2 or 3 guided practice activities before you have the students complete the independent practice. The time spent on this section will vary depending on the age level for which the plan is designed.
Independent Practice: The Independent Practice is designed to allow the students to practice without the help of their peers. The teacher can still walk around and assist students with this activity. (Note that this should not be a group activity, nor should it be a repeat of the Guided Practice.) This assignment must be completed in class and before the Closure. This assignment can’t be used as the Summative Assessment.
Closure: How will you tie your lesson together and bring it to a close? This will be a short summary/review of the material taught in the lesson. This section will take only a few minutes.
Summative Assessment: This section should include your assessment. The assessment should match the objective that you wrote at the beginning of the activity plan. Students should complete the assessment on their own. The results from the Summative Assessment provides information to the teacher and helps determine whether the lesson was mastered, needs to be retaught, or whether individual students may need additional help. These results will guide future planning.
In current APA format, list the sources employed when forming your activity plan as well as any resources (books, interactive lessons, etc.) that will be used in the lesson.