One of the easiest ways to create lesson plan templates in Word is to download Microsoft's free Word companion application titled the Office Lesson Planner. The app provides a variety of pre-made lesson templates that can be used as they are, modified by the instructor, or used as a model.
Office Lesson Planner prompts users to select what subject and grade level their intended lesson plans are for, though the program's provided templates favors Math and English Language Arts. The program includes daily learning targets appropriate to subject and grade level, and makes it easy for instructors to add their own instructional notes, daily activities, and daily plans.
Even without Office Lesson Planner, users can utilize Microsoft Word's built-in templates to create a lesson plan. When opening a new document on Microsoft Word, users must click on the search bar near the top of the screen that says Search Microsoft Online for a Template. Searching for Lesson Plan provides a template for a very basic lesson plan that includes spaces for introducing the assignment, describing task specifics, recording notes on student activities, evaluating those activities, and a space for a conclusion. This basic template can be modified for different assignments and customized to meet any specific needs determined by the teacher's state of residence.