A good lesson plan template includes, three to five lesson objectives, the content to cover in the lesson, multiple class activities, resources and materials needed, time estimates for activities, outside work for students and how the student's will be assessed on the material, notes West Virginia Department of Education. Lesson plans are meant to be guides to help teachers teach students new material effectively.
Lesson plans may be arranged in a few different ways. Instructional guides detail the specific steps for a task oriented lesson. Project-based designs are arranged around group projects for students to work on together. There are also model-based lesson plans to encourage student participation, inquiry plans where students are encouraged to investigate the answers to questions and a standards plan with detailed daily lesson information.