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Lesson Plan Step #4 - Guided Practice

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Teacher helping one of four pupils (8-11) sitting at desk and reading
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Definition: Writing a Guided Practice section is the fourth step in writing an effective and strong 8-step lesson plan for the elementary school classroom, after defining the Objectives, Anticipatory Set, and Direct Instruction.

In the Guided Practice section of your written lesson plan, outline how your students will demonstrate that they have grasped the skills, concepts, and modeling that you presented to them in the Direct Instruction portion of the lesson.

While you circulate the classroom and provide some assistance on a given activity (worksheet, illustration, experiment, discussion, or other assignment), the students should be able to perform the task and be held accountable for the lesson's information.

The Guided Practice activities can be defined as either individual or cooperative learning.

As a teacher, you should observe the students' level of mastery of the material in order to inform your future teaching. Additionally, provide focused support for individuals needing extra help to reach the learning goals. Correct any mistakes that you observe.

Examples:
  • Students will split into pairs to work together on drawing.
  • On a piece of paper, students will draw a picture of plants, incorporating characteristics they learned about in this lesson (listed on board).
  • On the other side of the paper, students will draw a picture of animals, incorporating characteristics they learned about in this lesson (listed on board).

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