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Lesson Plan Step #1 - Objectives and Goals

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Definition: Objectives are the first step in writing a strong 8-step lesson plan. After the Objective, you will define the Anticipatory Set.

In the Objectives section of your lesson plan, write precise and delineated goals for what you want your students to be able to accomplish after the lesson is completed.

Be Specific. Use numbers where appropriate.

To define your lesson's objectives, consider the following questions:

  • What will students accomplish during this lesson?
  • To what specific level (i.e. 75% accuracy) will the students perform a given task in order for the lesson to be considered satisfactorily accomplished?
  • Exactly how will the students show that they understood and learned the goals of your lesson? Will this occur through a worksheet, group work, presentation, illustration, etc?

Additionally, you will want to make sure that the lesson's objective fits in with your district and/or state educational standards for your grade level.

By thinking clearly and thoroughly about the goals of your lesson, you will ensure that you are making the most of your teaching time.

Also Known As: Goals
Examples:
After reading the book "Life in the Rainforest," sharing a class discussion, and drawing plants and animals, students will be able to place six specific characteristics into a Venn diagram of the similarities and differences of plants and animals, with 100% accuracy.
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