Day at a Glance Daily Lesson Planning {Lesson Plan Template, Teacher Binder}





{Click to access and download: Day at a Glance-Daily Lesson Planning Overview}
Before reading through the rest of this, it is important to know that this system works only if you are not required to write one of those super-detailed lesson plans for each and every lesson of the day. You know the ones you had to write in college? The ones that listed every. single. step. in an almost script-like manner. I’m talking about those.

I do see the value of writing such comprehensive plans when student teaching or even as a beginning teacher. When you are in the learning process it is easy to overlook important aspects of a lesson. However, when you are an experienced teacher and you are planning 5-7 lessons a day and differentiating for 3-4 levels within each lesson and then you multiply that times five days a week...well, you get the idea.

Some districts do require them. And if that is the case you’ll want to design a personalized template that saves you time while meeting your specific requirements. However, if you are not mandated to write extremely detailed plans for each lesson then I have found the best way to write them is by using a Daily Summary format
 While I do write much more in depth plans outlining my goals and activities for  Math Workshop and Reader’s Workshop (more on that coming soon), I am able to include the necessary components in a Day at a Glance format.

That format includes everything I need to remember for the day on one sheet of paper. Although the plans are not written sequentially following our daily schedule, the times are listed and a substitute could easily follow the blueprint to execute the plans quite easily.





That format includes everything I need to remember for the day on one sheet of paper. Although the plans are not written sequentially following our daily schedule, the times are listed and a substitute could easily follow the blueprint to execute the plans quite easily.

Below is a list of things commonly included in lesson plans. Select the ones you’ll need to include. 

Consider Adding to Your Day at a Glance:
  • time frame during which the lesson will be taught
  • lesson title
  • lesson objectives/learning goals
  • aligned standards
  • related resources and page numbers
  • procedures for delivering instruction
  • student groupings
  • evidence of learning
  • follow up assignments
  • students who will be pulled out of the classroom
  • support staff that will be in your classroom
  • materials needed

I have found it very helpful to include the lesson essentials within the Daily Summary page and list the materials and copies needed on the back. This makes it much more visually appealing to me and enables volunteers, aides and student teachers to easily assist in preparing materials.

The packet includes the following printables:
  • 5 Daily Overview / Day at a Glance Sheets in blue chevron
  • 1 Daily materials and prep organizer in blue chevron
  • 5 Daily Overview / Day at a Glance Sheets in ink-saving black and white
  • 1 Daily materials and prep organizer in ink-saving black and white


Each of those versions comes bundled as a PDF which preserves the look of the product and can be written on by hand. The packet also comes with  an editable Powerpoint version.

{Click to access and download: Day at a Glance-Daily Lesson Planning Overview}

To use the editable version of this product you’ll need Powerpoint 2007 or higher. Further instructions are included in the packet.


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