Elementary Lesson Plans

High quality elementary lesson plans are one of the most important parts of teaching. If you have great plans, you can teach great lessons.

After teaching for many years, I have found many lessons that are easy to teach, fun, high in academic value and simple to implement. These are some of my favorite lessons.

It is sometimes difficult to think about plans and ideas without a "spark". I hope that these ideas give you a spark and you enjoy them too!

These are all elementary lesson plans that I've taught or have seen taught by great teachers. I would recommend any of them to you.

They are not sorted by grade because each district has different guidelines and benchmarks, but most of them can be modified easily for any primary grade.

Look through them, most have photos, some even have videos, so you can see it in action.

I am also the queen of simple lessons with lots of content and very little prep work, so you can look at the lesson today and teach it tomorrow.

If you are looking for a specific lesson topic, have enjoyed a lesson provided here, or have questions please feel free to contact me about elementary lesson plans.

Tips and Tricks

How to Keep your Classroom Clean
Using Laundry Baskets in your Classroom
Student Led Discussions - A How-To Guide
Using a Retell Table for reading comprehension
Displaying writing bulletin board
Hanging Bulletin Board
Substitute Box
Portable Word Walls
Classroom Routines: Getting procedures in place
Cheap Materials: Tools on a Budget

Units or Themes

Water Day - A celebration filled with centers all focusing on water
Rainforest Preservation - Saving the rainforest through knowledge
Down By The Bay Unit - Reading and Singing to learn rhyme

Based on Songs or Stories

Dear Mr Blueberry
Splash! Experiment (How big of a splash will it make?)
5 Little Monkeys
5 Green and Speckled Frogs
Alphabet In My Mouth


Making Words with Student Names Game
Reading with Strategies (Teaching strategies in shared reading)
Fluency with Poetry
Blends Word Work


Flip Book - 4 Part Story
Table of Contents Story Map
Writing a Biography - By Teill Dean
Milion Dollar Stories
Writing in Shaving Cream
Angry Birds Writing
Stamp and Write Activity


Fraction Flowers (Hands-on art activity)
Graphing with Jelly Beans
Nonstandard Measurement - Cubes
Sweet Shapes: Making shapes with tooth picks and marshmallows


Parts of a Flower (Experiment and Craft Project)
Pepper Experiment (What happens when pepper and soup mix?)
Growing and Observing Seeds
What will seeds grow in?
How Many Puffs of Air Does it Take to Move Objects?
States of Matter: Ice to Water
Science Centers: Using literacy to build science skills
Creating Craters: Using sand and marbles
Sky Experiment: Comparing the day and night sky
Balloon Experiment: Push and Pull

Arts and Crafts

Parts of a Flower (Experiment and Craft Project)

Books for Download

Kindergarten Daily Math Journals
First Grade Daily Math Journals
Daily Literacy Journals
CVC Word Fluency
Cut & Glue Skills
Cut, Glue, Write and Draw

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