Lesson planning can be time-consuming. Fortunately, teachers do not have to come up with fresh ideas for every lesson. Many websites provide free quality lesson plans. You can find a lesson plan for any age group, from young learners to adults. You can also find lesson plans for any level from beginners to advanced language learners. Some lesson plans integrate video or technology. Below, I have listed several websites with thousands of free lesson plans to download and tweak. For more resources, check out our webinar recording, Lesson Design Tips and Resources for English Teachers.
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- Read, Write, Think– tons of lesson plans and interactives to get students writing.
- Sean Banville has various sites with over 4000 free lesson plans you can download as PDFs. Each lesson plan is accompanied by online quizzes, games, and mp3s to supplement the articles. The sites are Breaking News English, Movies, ESL Discussions, Famous People, ESL Holidays, Business English, Listen a Minute, and American Presidents.
- Film English– lesson plans based on films.
- Debate and Discuss– lesson plans to get students to debate and discuss issues.
- ESL Ted Talks– lesson plans you can download as pdfs designed around various inspiring Ted Talks.
- Lesson Streams– lesson plans you can download as pdfs designed around various Youtube commercials, music videos, and more!
- Designer Lessons– lesson plans based on videos for language teachers.
- Child Drama- lesson plans for children that incorporate drama.
- Google literacy lesson plans– students learn how to be better online researchers.
- Share My Lesson– nearly 255,000 teaching resources including lesson plans based on the Common Core.
- Teachers First– several resources, units, and lesson plans submitted by various teachers.
- Learn Zillion– several lesson plans you can search by subject.
- Global Critical Thinking Lesson Plans– various lesson plans based on the book, Global. You don’t have to have this course book to still take advantage of these great lesson plans. They even have free checklists to ensure your students meet CEF objectives.
- TED Ed Lessons– download transcripts and free lesson plans. Create your own lesson plans based on famous TED Talks.
- Microsoft– find Skype lesson plans, virtual field trips and more.
- Curriki– find several lessons and curated collections.
- Canva– visual lesson plans that incorporate Canva’s digital poster and presentation creation tool.
- Find many more lesson plans at these sites- Teach-nology, Teachers.Net, Lessons A to Z, Lesson Planet, Scholastic, Hot Chalk, Kids Discover, The Teacher’s Corner, and Learning Bird.
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