We’re not required to prepare formal lessons though, obviously, skilled teachers do tons of planning. About the only time I write up formal lessons is when I have to communicate what I do in the classroom for one of my books.
However, I know that other teachers aren’t so lucky, and have to write up many formal lesson plans. So I went looking for sites that make it as painless as possible, including allowing automatic inserts of Common Core standards. In order to be on this list, they need to offer free versions, though most offer very inexpensive premium versions that provide nice features.
I’m sure I’ve missed ones out there, so I hope that readers will contribute suggestions.
You might also be interested in The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet.
Here are my choices for The Best Places On The Web To Write Lesson Plans:
10 Great Lesson Planning Templates and Resources is from The Teaching Channel.
Open Curriculum is a new free site that right now shares lots of math lessons, and plans to expand to English and Science lessons soon. I looked at a couple of the math lessons, and they seemed relatively decent, but I’m definitely no judge of math lesson plans. Because of that, I’m not ready to consider adding it to The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet.However, their lesson plan builder seems pretty easy and useful.
Canopy Education looks interesting. It lets teachers create lessons and entire units, and also lets students access them. They also have specific contests for educators to create these lessons and units – for example, on the 1619 Project.
TARA – A Planning Tool for New and Veteran Teachers is from Richard Byrne.
Copilot uses AI to help create lesson plans and student materials, and costs a few dollars each month. I’m not sure if it’s worth it but, for now, I’m adding it here.
All feedback is welcome.