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Free Lesson Plans

A couple of times a month, I share lesson plans that will assist you, my readers, with integrating technology into the digital classroom. All are student-centered, age-appropriate methods of collaborating with classroom teachers in subject areas such as science, math, social students, language arts, grammar, spelling, and more.

Want connected lesson plans? Try the Technology Curriculum published by Structured Learning or two toolkits of mixed lessons. They can also be purchased as one of forty-three themed lesson bundles. They’re available through the publisher, the HMH Marketplace, or Teachers Pay Teachers.

Here’s a summary with links to the relevant lesson plans. they are organized by:

  • subject matter
  • software (if any)
  • grade level

To access the lesson plan, click the link. If there is no link, it means it is not available for free. You might prefer the the two-volume set, available as a digital e-book through the publisher or Teachers Pay Teachers:

 

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Lesson

Subject

Tool

Gr

#1

KidPix Basx

Students learn about tools, toolbars, drag-drop, multi-media, menus—all tech basics

Art/Graphics/Technology Drawing program, TuxPaint, KidPix, Paint, Pixie K-2
#2

KidPix Basx II

Students learn more about tools, toolbars, drag-drop, multi-media, menus—all tech basics

Art/Graphics/Technology Drawing program, TuxPaint, KidPix, Paint, Pixie K-2
#3

I Can Make My Own Wallpaper

Kids love personalizing their computer stations. Show them how to create their own wallpaper using internet pictures, pictures on the computer or their own photos or drawings

Art/Graphics/Technology Drawing program, TuxPaint, KidPix, Paint, Pixie, Photoshop 2-6
#4:

Divide and Conquer (Graphics in Word)

Teach basic photo-editing skills (borders, backgrounds, transparencies, fills, rotate, cropping) using only MS Word tools. Great for school projects and to introduce Photoshop

Art/Graphics Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 4-7
#5

Photoshop Basx

I teach Photoshop because it’s so much fun for kids to be creative with their own pictures. This lesson introduces the layout of Photoshop.

Art/Graphics Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP 5-8
#6

Quick Fixes in Photoshop

How to auto-correct photos in Photoshop. Have kids bring their own pictures, or select pictures they would like to use in a classroom project

Art/Graphics Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP 5-8
#7

Cropping in Photoshop

Three ways to crop in Photoshop and when you would select each. Have students select pictures they’ll be using for a class project or one of themselves as a tool for writing, language arts, etc.

Art/Graphics Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP 5-8
#8

Cloning in Photoshop

Add or subtract features from a pictures (i.e., flowers); clone from one picture to another. This can be used to create a picture for a classroom unit of inquiry, or to teach about ethical issues (because cloning looks authentic)

Art/Graphics/Ethics Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP 5-8
#9

Artistic Rendering in Photoshop

There are dozens of filters that add texture and overlays to pictures in Photoshop. Let students loose to be as creative as they want. Discuss how each brings out a different emotion, meaning to the finished product

Art/Graphics Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP 5-8
#10

Drawing in Photoshop

An introduction to graphic design. Encourage students with an artistic flair to use Photoshop to communicate their message in class projects.

Art/Graphics Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP 5-8
#11

Photoshop Actions and the History Brush

These are simple features that look sophisticated on a finished product. A good addition to a Photoshop unit if there’s time.

Art/Graphics Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP 5-8
#12

Creating Simple Shapes with Excel

Excel is a sure way to keep students excited about math. Start with drawing (because youngers always love art). As students get older, use Excel to introduce the concept of graph paper, grids, cells, rows, columns, coordinates, scale, etc.

Art/Graphics Excel, Google Spreadsheets, spreadsheet tools, Numbers 2-7
#13

Art Online

Online resources for great worldwide museums. Take one lesson to introduce students to these six art sites (five to ten minutes on each) and then allow them to revisit when they have a few minutes at the end of a class projects, unit, before lunch, etc.

Art/Graphics Webtools K-8
#15

A Holiday Letter (or memory or story) in Word

Students write a brief letter in MS Word paying attention to correct heading, greeting, body, closing. Use this project to teach students the layout of MS Word’s opening screen. For grade 2-3, use one lesson to write the letter and one to format. For other grade, do both in one lesson. When the letter is completed, have students add multiple fonts, font sizes, font colors, a border, pictures, a watermark (grades 4-6), and wraps (grades 4-6)

Composition/Communication/GrammarSpelling Word, word processing, Google Docs, 2-6
#19

My Bookcover

Draw a cover for a classroom project or unit of inquiry or use one of KidPix’s templates. Have students nicely mix text and pictures for an attractive design. Introduce KidPix fonts, font sizes, font colors to grade 1

Composition/Communication Drawing program, TuxPaint, KidPix, Paint, Pixie 1-2
#20

A Holiday Card

Mix words and pictures for a holiday card. Students can also add paint bucket backgrounds and fills to extend the lesson.

Composition/Communication Drawing program, TuxPaint, KidPix, Paint, Pixie K-3
#21

A Holiday Card

Create a holiday card using Publisher’s templates. Make it simple (don’t edit text, add only one picture) for youngers. Let olders change as much as they wish. Use this lesson to teach youngers about templates and olders about design, and menus. This project is very easy so shows students how fun and simple computers are.

Composition/Communication Publisher, DTP, online tools 2-6
#22

A Holiday flier

Create a holiday flier using Publisher’s templates. Choose a one-page template and adapt text. Olders can adjust colors, layout, etc. Use this lesson to teach youngers about templates and olders about design, and menus. This project is very easy so I use it to show students how fun and simple computers are.

Composition/Communication Publisher, DTP, online tools 2-6
#23:

A Holiday /Summer Vacation Calendar

Create a calendar of all students’ holiday or summer activities. Students can pick their template, add text and pictures. Pictures can be copy-pasted from an internet search. Popular project

Composition/Communication Publisher, DTP, online tools 4-7
#24

A Holiday Newsletter

Have students collaborate on a newsletter for a classroom unit of inquiry or a theme (colonies, animals, etc). Pick a template. Add text and pictures. Pay attention to layout details. Allow several class periods to complete

Composition/Communication/Multiple subjects Publisher, DTP, online tools 5-8
#25

Four-sentence story

Drawings are done in KidPix. Assign topics (me, my family, etc) for grades K-1 to reinforce the concept of following directions. With 2nd grade, use one picture for each of the parts of a story—characters, plot, setting, climax/resolution. Mix pictures and text. Students can show these to parents at Open House or a parent night using Windows slideshow function (something they can do without assistance after a bit of practice)

Composition/Communication Drawing program, TuxPaint, KidPix, Paint, Pixie K-2
#26

Four-sentence Story—Advanced

Use the drawings completed in Project #25 and put them into a PowerPoint slideshow. Students learn the basics of PowerPoint including inserting pictures and text, animation, transition, inserting clipart, inserting internet pictures, auto-advance, sound. Have each students present their slideshow when completed to practice the unique skills of presentations using PowerPoint

Composition/Communication/Presentation skills Drawing program, TuxPaint, KidPix, Paint, Pixie, PowerPoint, presentation tools, Google Slides 2-4
#27

Online Blogs

Create a classroom blog. Show students how to interact on it, answer questions, add their ideas. Include pictures, student schedule, location of your wiki and more

Composition/Communication Web 2.0, blogs 5-8
#28

My Storybook

Create a ten-sentence story, using characters, setting, plot, rising action, climax and resolution. One sentence per page with a picture to communicate the idea. Include a cover, About the Author. Use this lesson to teach students how to use Publisher’s design gallery

Composition/Communication Publisher, DTP, online tools 3-7
#29

All About Me

Have students tell the audience about their favorite colors, foods, holidays, etc. Include a table of contents for olders. Use this project to teach all of the PowerPoint basics—adding slides/text/pictures, animation, transitions, clipart, internet pictures, auto-advance. Have each students present their slideshow when completed to practice the unique skills of presentations using PowerPoint

Composition/Communication, Presentation skills PowerPoint, presentation tools, Google Slides 3-4
#30

A Cover Page

Use the Quick Publication template to make a fast cover page for a report, project, etc, in the classroom. Pay attention to layout, grammar, spelling, design

Composition/Communication Publisher, DTP, online tools 3-7
#31

A Title Page

Create a title or cover page using MS Word. This is more difficult than #30 (cover page using Publisher) so allow more time. Have students include text and picture as well as a border

Composition/Communication Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 3-7
#32

Color my Grammar

Students type several sentences in MS Word. Use the font color palette to label parts of speech, i.e., blue for subject, red for verb. Use sentences from a book they’re reading in class, spelling words they’re working on, or a teacher hand-out. Makes grammar fun.

Composition//Communication, Grammar, Spelling Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 3-8
#33:

Grow Your Story

Use a first-grade or second-grade story. Show students how to add description to it, setting details, sensory details, characterization, so it sounds more mature and interesting. I use thought bubbles to make it more fun.

Composition/Communication Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 3-6
#34

What Does a Dolch Word Look Like?

Have students type three or four of their site-Dolch words into KidPix. Create a quasi-sentence, filling in the missing nouns, verbs, etc with stamps from KidPix toolbars.

Composition, SpellingGrammar Drawing program, TuxPaint, KidPix, Paint, Pixie K-2
#35

Sponge Activities for Vocabulary Building

There are lots of great online vocabulary websites to help kids learn high-frequency and Dolch words. I’ll share five of them. Maybe you have some to share with the group.

Composition, Communication Web 2.0 K-4
#36

My First Report

Students type a report for their class on one of their units of inquiry (i.e., animals) using MS Word. Use this lesson to introduce MS Word, margins, page breaks, centering, fonts. Show students how to add pictures from the internet (using copy-paste), from the computer (using insert). Takes a few classes, depending upon how long the report is

Composition/Communication Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 2-3
#37

Oregon Trail

Show students how to get the most out of Oregon trail by reading the headings on each screen, thinking about problem solving skills and applying the simulation to their classroom discussion on westward expansion. I include a worksheet of questions they can answer as well as additional websites to extend their education

Geography Oregon Trail 3-5
#38

Introduction to Google Earth

Google Earth can be used for so many classroom activities. It is a favorite of even my kindergartners. I start by showing them how to pan in and out, drag to move the globe, change the perspective of the earth’s surface, use the built in tour or one I add on Calif. Missions or the solar system. I have fifth graders create a tour that the youngers then watch as a tie in. I also let them type in their address and visit their home, including street view.

Geography Google Earth K-4
#39

Google Earth Board

Students select from a list of Wonders of the World (or locations put together in conjunction with the classroom teacher). They do brief research on it, locate it using Google Earth and make a short presentation to the class about it.

Geography, Presentation skills, Multiple classroom subjects Google Earth 3-7
#40:

The Wonders of Google Earth

Students create their own tour on Google Earth using locations selected by the classroom teacher. They add the locations to Google Earth, add a fact about it and turn it into a tour

Geography/Presentation skills, Multiple classroom subjects Google Earth 5-8
#41:

Where is That?

Locate the major latitudes and longitudes on Google Earth. Locate cities, countries along the same latitude/longitude. Zoom in to see how exact lats and longs get. Students also find their own house by lat and long. I also give students a lat and long and see if they can figure out where it is on the globe

Geography Google Earth 3-7
#42

Where Did I Come From?

Students find their country of origin on Google Earth and grab a screen shot of it. Save to their computer. Import it into KidPix and add the country flag and student name. Students learn about importing data from one program to another with this project.

Geography Drawing program, TuxPaint, KidPix, Paint, Pixie, Google Earth 1-3
#43

Color My World

Use an Enchanted Learning template. Import it into KidPix. Students use the paint bucket to fill continents and oceans different colors. Then label them as detailed as is age appropriate.

Geography Drawing program, TuxPaint, KidPix, Paint, Pixie 2-4
#44

What’s ‘NWSE’? (KidPix)

Create a cross. Label the four directions. Place a picture that coordinates with that direction by it.

Geography Drawing program, TuxPaint, KidPix, Paint, Pixie 2-3
#45

Where Am I?

Use MS Word target diagram to organize the Universe. Start with the student’s town in the center and build out. Show students how to color the diagram. For olders, add a table at the bottom with the location and a fact about it. This is a great way to show kids how they can organize their thoughts with pictures, diagrams, tables—lots of ways other than simple text

Geography/Science Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 2-5
#46

Landforms Table in Word

Create a three-column table of a landform, an example and a picture (you could add a fourth column with a fact). I do this as a group so we get an opportunity to discuss landforms, where they are. Great lesson to coordinate with the classroom unit of inquiry as well as teach students how to make tables in Word, import pictures.

Geography/Science, Multiple classroom subjects Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 3-5
#47

Tour the World

with a PowerPoint Slideshow Use the research done for #40. Use a guidesheet to lay out what is on each slides, i.e., a cover, table of contents, what makes a geographic locations amazing (discuss this as a group), a map, and three locations from #40. Teach PowerPoint skills such as adding slides and text and pictures, animation, transitions, auto-forward, personalized backgrounds, adding music to multiple slides. Third graders may not be able to complete all skills.

Geography, Multiple classroom subjects PowerPoint, presentation tools, Google Slides 3-7
#48

Sponge Activities for Geography

Introduce students to web-based geography activities that can be done in five or ten minutes between lessons, before lunch, in free time. I include five in this lesson.

Geography Web 2.0 2-8
#49

California Missions Magazine

Create a California Mission (or any other classroom topic) magazine in MS Publisher. Add a cover, table of contents, banner heading, border, text boxes with researched data, works cited page, pictures, items from the design gallery.

History/Multiple classroom subjects Publisher, DTP, online tools 4-6
#50

American Revolution Magazine

Similar to #49, but this is longer with more design elements. It also includes a diagram for organizing ideas, a table of data, a timeline of events (which can also be used as a separate project). Very impressive when completed. Can be done in a group—it’s a fairly involved project.

History Publisher, DTP, online tools 5-8
#51

History Trifold in Publisher

Create a trifold brochure to compare what was happening in a student’s life when something else was happening around the world. For example, the student was going to Disneyland when Dolly the Sheep was being cloned. Uses a Publisher template. Students learn to use templates, add text, pictures, a time line (which can be taught as a separate project) and design elements. Research is done on a variety of websites, so students learn research skills. Students are always amazed at what happened around the world.

History/Research skills Publisher, DTP, online tools 4-7
#52

Indigenous Cultures Magazine

A magazine on indigenous cultures (or another topic that correlates with a classroom unit of inquiry). Introduces the basics of making magazines in Publisher. Students include a cover, table of contents, border, map, banner title, an image of lined paper (so they can add notes in their classroom) and pictures. Easy start to a magazine and comes out nicely.

History/Multiple classroom subjects Publisher, DTP, online tools 3
#53 A Colonization BrochureCreate a trifold brochure in Publisher to go along with colonization or another unit of inquiry in the classroom. This project focuses on research and is more involved than #51. Students add lots of detail and lots of research on different colonization topics. Besides Publisher, students learn to research on the internet and copy-paste pictures from the internet History Publisher, DTP, online tools 4-8
#54

Sponge Activities in History

Six edutainment websites to be visited in spare time in the classroom (as with all sponges). Each deals with history and can be enjoyed with only a few minutes of time

History Web 2.0 2-8
#55

Keyboarding in the Classroom

Mix a variety of keyboarding tools so students get the most out of keyboarding time in the classroom. I include software (TTL4), online keyboarding websites (Dancemat typing) and fun tests (Typing Test.com). The goal is to get students to age-appropriate national standards for typing speed with just two-three times per week, fifteen minutes each time.

Keyboarding Computer basics K-8
#56

Free Online Keyboarding Programs

Keyboarding is a critical skill for students. Keep it interesting by offering a variety of online keyboard programs. Here I introduce five that are popular in my classrooms.

Keyboarding Computer basics K-8
#57

Keyboarding for Homework

If you’re like me and only get students once a week, double that time by giving them homework. But, make it fun homework, relevant to what they’re doing. These are keyboarding exercises they can do 10-15 minutes at a sitting 2-3 times a week. For parents who object to so much internet time, this is perfect.

Keyboarding Computer basics 3-8
#58

Keyboarding in the Classroom

I start every class with 10-15 minutes of keyboard practice. I’ll introduce you to the program I use, show you how to get the most out of it.

Keyboarding Computer basics/All subjects K-8
#59

Read while Keyboarding

I test my students speed every trimester. I use an age-appropriate document that will engage their interest so they worry less about their grade. I’ll share with you how I select the piece, what my expectations are for speed per grade and how I approach the test so kids are not stressed by it

Language Arts, Reading Computer basics/All subjects 3-8
#60

Online Sustained Silent Reading Sites

I have students read during tech class, about fifteen minutes once a month. I offer a choice of six reading websites that will engage their interest, have few ads and have stories they can finish in a short period of time.

Language Arts/Reading Internet 3-5
#61

Every Day Vocabulary—Part I

Students will feel like they understand technology if they understand the vocabulary. I have students learn at least ten words per trimester. I collect these from the students, during class, by writing down the words I use they don’t understand, then testing them on them.

Language Arts Computer basics K-8
#62

Sponge Activities using PowerPoint

Like all sponge activities, these are designed to be completed in between classroom lessons, before lunch or in a few free minutes. They are PowerPoint slideshows, games, Jeopardy, etc., that will grab their interest and keep them focused

Language Arts/Multiple subject areas PowerPoint, presentation tools, Google Slides, Web 2.0 2-8
#63

Online Spelling Practice

How to use one of the most popular spelling websites around – Spelling City.com Great for words lists you create or using someone else’s.

Language Arts/Spelling All subjects 3-8
#65

My Projects in PowerPoint

Designed as a first PowerPoint slideshow. Have students draw their own pictures in KidPix TuxPaint, Paint, import them into a slideshow. Add a cover, text to each slide, animation, transitions and auto-advance. Have them present to their classmates

Language Arts/Presentation skills PowerPoint, presentation tools, Google Slides 2-3
#66

A Vocabulary Table in Word

Use the classroom word study words and create a three-column table in Word with the word, definition and a picture

Language Arts/Multiple subjects MS Word, Google Docs, word processing tools 3-8
#67

What Do I Want to Learn

Use advanced PowerPoint skills to research a topic that collaborates with the classroom units of inquiry and turn the information into a summative project. Use all PowerPoint skills as well as personalized backgrounds, custom animation and add their favorite music to the background

Language Arts/Multiple subject areas PowerPoint, presentation tools, Google Slides 4-8
#68

Sponge Activities for Language Arts

I’ve included five websites about stories, and poems. For example, there’s a Mad Libs site to create a story. All can be completed in 5-10 minutes.

Language Arts Web 2.0 2-8
#69

Using Shapes in KidPix Holiday Cards

Reinforce classroom study of shapes by creating holiday pictures with circle, squares, triangles. Students learn about tools, toolbars, mouse skills, drag-and-drop as well as shapes.

Math KidPix, drawing program, Pixie, Paint K-1
#70

Keeping a Timecard in Excel

An introduction to Excel by creating a timecard. Use a template. Have students fill it out at home then use the same template at school. When they add the data, Excel automatically adds, divides, etc. to figure out minutes per week, etc. They’ll have no idea they’re using Excel. Olders can create the template themselves and then fill it in

Math Excel, Google Spreadsheets, spreadsheet tools, Numbers 2-3
#71

Beginning Graphs in Excel

Use a template with the topics at the bottom as pictures and numbers along the side. Students use the paint bucket to fill in cells to the right number/level. Great introduction to Excel and collaboration with classroom exploration of math concepts.

Math Excel, Google Spreadsheets, spreadsheet tools, Numbers K-2
#72

Check Your Math Homework in Excel

Show students how to use Excel formulas for add, subtract, multiply and divide. Have them practice with worksheets provided by the classroom teacher. They can figure out the answers themselves first and then check them against Excel’s formulas. My students love this!

Math Excel, Google Spreadsheets, spreadsheet tools, Numbers 3-6
#73

Graph a Class Survey in Excel

Create labels for columns and rows on a topic (i.e., how many boys/girls like what favorite food). Collect data as a class. Show students how to use F11 to create a simple chart. Olders can format the chart.

Math/Multiple subject areas Excel, Google Spreadsheets, spreadsheet tools, Numbers 3-6
#74

Mastering Excel (for Beginners)

I show students how to do the 22 simplest but most oft-used Excel skills (adding, alphabetizing, adding date, etc.)

Math Excel, Google Spreadsheets, spreadsheet tools, Numbers 4-8
#75

Tessellations in Excel

Show students how to create tessellations by using the auto-shape tool

Math Excel, Google Spreadsheets, spreadsheet tools, Numbers 2-8
#76

Sponge Activities using Math

Like all sponges. I’ll introduce you to six of the best math websites that are appropriate for 5-10 minute bursts

Math Web 2.0 2-8
#77

We Are All Problem-solvers

Have students try to solve their own problems before asking for help. Make this possible by showing students the fifteen tech problems that cause 80% of the grief (i.e., my monitor doesn’t work, my screen is frozen, etc.). This will make students feel more independent, more competent and allow you to conduct class much more efficiently and effectively

Problem Solving Computer basics K-8
#78

What’s a Word Cloud and How’s that Solve

Using Wordle in the classroom to identify important points in a lesson, an activity, as a pre- or post- unit review

Problem Solving Web 2.0, internet 2-8
#79

Clarify with Excel

Take quiz results and analyze them using Excel. Use averages, sorting, count, max, min and a graph

Math/Multiple subject areas Excel, Google Spreadsheets, spreadsheet tools, Numbers 3-8
#81

The Problem-solving Board

Have students teach each other the 28 most common techie problems. They learn how to solve the problem and teach the class as a presentation, then answer questions. They will feel accomplished and tech savvy

Problem SolvingPresentation skills Web 2.0, Technology 3-8
#82

Sponge Activities using Webcams, Virtual Tours and Videos

This sponge activity focuses on webcams and videos. Great one for a 5-10 minute filler

Research Web 2.0 2-8
#83

Which Website is Best?

Show students how to pick the best websites from a list, what extensions mean, how to read an internet address, and then create a table of the different extensions with screen shots of the correct website. Students learn a lot about differentiating websites, how to read the address as well as reinforce table skills and screen shot skills. Collaborate with a classroom unit of inquiry when finding websites with specific extensions

Research/Multiple subject areas Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs/Internet Basics 4-8
#84

A Picture is Better—in Word Part I

Use Word’s diagrams to display an idea in a picture format. Between grades 2-5, I use the pyramid, the arrows, the org chart, spokes and wheel, and the target. Once the data is filled in, show students how to format and add word art if necessary

Research/Multiple subject areas Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 2-5
#85

Intermediate Research on the Internet

Pick a topic in collaboration with the classroom units of inquiry. Show students how to search the topic, create a Word document for notes, add pictures and text to the notes sheet

Research/Multiple subject areas Web 2.0, Internet 3-6
#86

How to Search the Internet

Show students how to use Google search tools to research, find specific files. Use Google to convert money, find the time around the world, add, define a word and more. Students have a lot of fun trying the different skills.

Research/Multiple subject areas Internet 5-8
#87

Word Diagrams Part II

Like #84, but more advanced. In this one, I add a background that fits the topic. Easy and sophisticated touch.

Research/Multiple subject areas Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 4-8
#88

Elementary Research on the Internet

Give students a template to fill in information about web sites they use. This should include the page name, address, copyright date, publisher/author. For youngers, provide suggested websites to visit and note paper with questions to use during research

Research/Multiple subject areas Internet 2-4
#89

Sponge Activities in Research

Use like all sponge activities, but provide a list of research site (i.e., World Almanac, Fact Monster, etc.). Collaborate with the classroom teacher on a topic they will research for 5-10 minutes

Research/Multiple subject areas Web 2.0 2-8
#91

Travel the Universe with Celestia and Google Earth

Show students how to use the beautiful color pictures of Celestia to tour the Universe. They provide a demo so it’s easy for youngers. Have students try out Google Moon and Google Mars and Google Sky from within Google Earth (it’s different than online). Collaborate with the classroom unit of inquiry into space if possible.

Science/Space, Geography Google Earth 3-8
#92

Rainforest Animals in KidPix

Use KidPix’s rainforest background, then have students add stickers of the rainforest animals in their correct position in their habitat. Add text with their name. It’s easy enough for kindergartners, but fun for 2nd grade.

Science KidPix, drawing program, Pixie, TuxPaint, Paint K-2
#93

Outlining the Science Textbook in Word

Teach students how to outline using Word’s ridiculously simple outline tools (bullet list, tab and shift+tab). They can use any class textbook or notes. Help them to get started, and then let them figure it out themselves.

Science/Multiple subject areas Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 4-8
#94

Where Am I II?

Mix text and pictures to have students type a simple sentence—I live in *** then add the city, county, state, etc. and a picture copy-pasted from the internet (take this opportunity to teach students how to safely copy images and text from the internet) or inserted from clip art.

Science/Geography Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 2-5
#95

Famous Inventors and How They Invented

Start with a storyboard where students fill out a worksheet with what will be contained on each slide of the slideshow. This can be researched during class as you teach/remind students how to research on the internet. Slideshow includes cover, table of contents, data/research slides, biography slide. Skills included are inserting slides/text/pictures, animation, transitions, personalized backgrounds (this goes well with the inventor they select), customized animation, auto-forward. Have students present the finished product to classmates so all can learn from a multi-media presentation on the inventors (or other topic that collaborates with the classroom unit of inquiry).

Science/Multiple subject areas PowerPoint, presentation tools, Google Slides 4-7
#96

Ecosystems Table in Word

Create a three-column table in Word with the biome, an example and picture. Or select a topic that collaborates with a classroom unit of inquiry.

Science Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 4-7
#97

Sponge Activities in Science

Eight great websites that can be visited in 5-10 minute bursts before lunch, etc.

Science Web 2.0 2-8
#98

Email Basx

Teach students using whichever email program is installed at school, but warn students that theirs will be different. Also warn parents they will have to guide students to the correct spots on their particular version. This will avoid confusion when students go home and try to email homework. Teach To:, From:, cc:, bcc:, subject:, attachments, and basic rules of emailing (I’ll share a list that I’ve created from working with students and parents. It should keep you out of the trouble I got into in my early years).

Technology Email/All subjects 3-8
#99

Internet Basx

Review the basics of internet, including the address bar, forward/back buttons, links, favorites, plagiarism, and netiquette

Technology Web 2.0, Internet K-4
#100

Integrating Web 2.0 into the Classroom

A general overview of Web 2.0 tools, including blogs, wikis, what is a digital citizen, class internet homepages, class internet start pages, twitter, social bookmarks (i.e., delicious),podcasting, photo sharing (i.e., flikr)

Technology Web 2.0, Internet K-8
#101

Don’t print that homework! (Email it Instead)

Show students how to email their homework to school rather than bring a hard copy, using the message area or attachments

Technology Email/All subjects 3-8
#102

Keyboard Shortcuts

A list of the 30 most popular keyboard shortcuts I’m sure your students will love as much as mine do. They make computers faster, more efficient and a lot more fun. They also provide problem-solving tools for students that will make technology less frustrating

Technology Computer basics K-8
#103

The Computer’s Body

Review the parts of the computer so students will understand what they’re learning.

Technology Computer basics 3-8
#107

The Screen Shot

Teach how to take a screen shot using the Windows Print Screen key or installed software link Jing.

Technology Computer basics/All subjects 3-8
#108

Team Challenge

This is a list of questions compiled from a year’s worth of tech classes. I use them in a Jeopardy-style game at the end of the year. Students create teams and challenge each other for extra credit, free dress passes, whatever the prize du jour is. It is a fun way to review what they’ve learned and encourage them to study.

Technology Computer basics 3-8
#109

Assessment in MS Word

An assessment of all Word skills to be learned through eighth grade. Give it at the start of each year, marking off stopping points for each grade level. For students who have accomplished everything, come up with enrichments to keep them challenged.

Technology Word processing, MS Word, Google Docs 3-8
#110

Assessment in Publisher

An assessment of all Publisher skills to be learned through eighth grade. Give it at the start of each year, marking off stopping points for each grade level. For students who have accomplished everything, come up with enrichments to keep them challenged.

Technology Publisher, DTP, online tools 3-8

#112

10 Ways Twitter Makes You a Better Writer

How to create a Twitter account and involve students in Tweeting. Twitter can be safe and fun and is an exciting way to encourage writing skills among your students.

Writing Web 2.0, Internet 2-8

#111

How to Create A Classroom Wiki

How to create an interactive online collection of classroom materials. Include student/parent resources, what happened during class, student discussions, student wiki pages (for olders only).

Writing/Multiple subject areas Web 2.0, Internet K-8

 

Varied–from Sara at EducatorLabs.org:

updated 4-25-17


23 Responses to Free Lesson Plans

  1. Ella

    Thanks! Thanks!

  2. Jacqui

    Your welcome, Ella. I’ve used all of these lessons in my classroom. Let me know if you have any questions about them.

  3. Brother Lucian Knaap

    A parent bought me the Technology book for each grade. (blue cover) I love it! however do I sign in online to use any of the stuff or do I use the book as a reference. It’s all new to me.

    Can I print the scope and sequence sheets???

    Can I print the lesson out? Can I find them on line?

    Sorry for my confusion.
    Thank you, Brother Lucian

    • Jacqui

      Hello! Congratulations! I think you’ll love this curriculum. Let me answer your questions and then I’ll let you in on the co-teaching wikis.

      The book has a companion Help blog–Ask a Tech Teacher. Click this link and you’ll reach it, then bookmark it for easy reference. You can ask any tech questions of the blog’s moderator–whatever you need to know. S/he’ll help you with answers.

      Yes—you can print the scope and sequence. I’m not sure which books you have, but there’s a S&S for K-6 and another for 6-8. Feel free to print both.

      Yes–print anything you’d like in the book. If you have the PDF, you can print the entire book–but it’s a single-user license so you can’t print copies for all your friends. You can print rubrics, samples of a couple of pages for all your students, though.

      Yes–you can print a lesson. Absolutely if that helps you. No, they aren’t online sad to say. There are pdfs of the textbooks (for a fee) here if you would like a digital copy. From there, you can easily print a lesson.

      Since you say a parent bought a text for each grade (what a nice person!), I’ve sent you an invitation to our online companion wikis. Please sign up for Wikispaces (here’s a how-to video if you need one) and then join the wikis (there are three of them). Every week, one of our teachers teaches the lesson from the book. You can follow along, ask questions, get clarification–whatever you need. It’s a wonderful resource.

      And finally–I am a resource for you also. You can always ask me questions and I’ll either answer or find someone who can. Welcome to the group!

      Warmly

  4. Eric

    Hi, I just started this year and after initial success, I am running out of ideas for 7th and 9th grade. While there are some lessons here for middle school, I only have them in class once a week. Where would you recommend I start when we start in the 2nd semester?

    Thanks!

    • Jacqui

      Hi Eric

      I have some great ones here and here. There’s a free download section (scroll down the page) and you’ll get a better idea. I also have a middle school text coming out with lesson plans for Khan Academy, Google Apps, and Genius Hour. These three are really exciting.

  5. Danny

    What are some things needed in a tour travel guide brochure?

  6. Miguel Martinez

    Hi Jacqui,
    I am new to my position as Technology teacher for middle school and I was thinking of purchasing “All-in-one Tech Integration Kit: K-5” to help me with lesson plans and ideas for the year since nothing is set up for my school. Its a small school in Africa. Do you think this would be a good investment for me?

    Kind Regards,
    Miguel
    Nigeria, Abuja

    • Miguel A. Martínez

      Sorry not middle school but elementary school.

    • Jacqui

      Yes–The K-5 Survival Kit includes everything to get you started like the K-5 curriculum, 169 tips/tricks/pedagogy for your classroom, posters, articles on pedagogic topics, over 100 webinars, 30 minutes of 1:1 virtual mentoring (you arrange that time with us), and more. It’s very popular with new-to-tech teachers. There is a stream of video webinars on how to organize your classroom which you can request (as part of the package). That might be perfect for you.

      One note: Be sure to order the digital version if you decide to save money on the shipping costs.

      • Miguel Martinez

        Jacqui,
        Thank your very much I purchased your program and I used it today for the first time and loved it! So helpful with the BrainPop videos and all. Thank you again!
        Miguel
        Abuja, Nigeria

        • Jacqui

          My pleasure, Miguel. Be sure to get your free weekly videos on the Companion Wiki. This link will auto-join you, but it expires in a few days.

          • Miguel

            Hi Jacqui,

            We have had some serious issues with internet at our school last week and I just got this message. When I just clicked the link, it says the code has expired, 🙁

            Thanks again.

          • Jacqui

            No worries about the code, Miguel. Here’s another that’s good through 8/27:

            https://wikispaces.com/join/FMHK73N

            That’s too bad about the internet issues. Especially for students.

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