Creating Lesson Plans for NPS Educators Portal
An effective lesson plan is comprised of many important components, from introducing the lesson and writing clear objectives to synthesizing and concluding the lesson. There are also many general questions to consider like: how will park content relate to state standards? Is the lesson student-centered? What behavioral objectives will be included and do the objectives describe the learning outcome? How much background information is needed to prepare teachers?
What You Will Learn:
You will learn to:
- Identify the essential components of a lesson plan
- Examine and compare good lesson plans
- Explore how to make your lesson plans place-based specifically for your park
How to Use this Resource
- Review the following sections
- Review and Use the Additional Resources
- Leave a review
This resource was created by NPS educators and classroom teachers to assist interpreters and educators who add lesson plan assets to the NPS Educators Portal. This resource will help you design your curriculum-based materials and activities that will be posted on the NPS Educators Portal as a lesson plan. Employees who enter assets into the NPS Educators Portal should also consider Digital Community resources, including the Lesson Plan Guide. A thoughtful plan on how to best analyze, develop, and evaluate this content is essential. Additionally, it is a good practice to develop lesson plans with local teachers.
Lesson Plan Components:
- Accessibility and 508 Compliance
- Essential Questions
Making Your Lesson Plans Place-Based
The Educators Portal is a resource for teachers to find lesson plans about your park. The content and activities should highlight your park and address curricular concepts and standards. When developing your lesson plan, it is very important to think about what makes this lesson different from the everyday, run of the mill lesson that can be conducted anywhere and for any event. Consider your site’s themes and educational goals. What sets your site or story apart from others? How does your story relate to students and their community? Making it relevant to teachers’ and students’ lives creates an important connection. Consider checking out this Common Learning Portal resource about Relevance in Education.
To learn more about making your lesson plans place-based consult the following resources:
- A list of Place-Based Learning activities by Edutopia
- “Place-Based Education Turns Towns Into Classrooms” by Education World
- “What is Placed-Based Education” by Promise of Place
Wrapping up Your Lesson Plan
This part of any lesson plan is often glossed over, or skipped, due to lack of time or lack of understanding its importance. The conclusion of a lesson is very important because it gives the teacher time to ensure the students understand what was discussed. Additionally, it gives the teacher time to rephrase information that may have been misunderstood during the lesson. Repetition (within reason) is one of the most effective ways of learning new information, and this is a built-in way to provide it.
Worth noting: it doesn’t always have to be a cut and dry concluding discussion; in most of the links attached below, there are suggestions for activities to make the wrap-up more interesting for everyone involved.