Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gradual Release Lesson Plan Template

So I just went to a professional development about the gradual release model and I am so excited to implement it into my classroom next year.  It is something I've really been doing already but I haven't planned my lessons this way.

In case you aren't familiar with this model it looks like this:
1. The teacher models the skill being taught.  It could be a reading skill, math concept, a read aloud or any other lesson you are doing.
2. After the model the next phase is that the teacher and the students complete something similar together.  This is also a good opportunity to have students discuss the concept in groups or pairs.
3. The next step is to have students complete a similar activity in small groups or pairs.  This gives the teacher the opportunity to observe the students and see who is struggling or to work with a small group to give them extra support.
4.  The last phase is to have students complete an assignment independently.  This can be done as a homework assignment depending on the amount of time needed.

All the phases of this model should not take a significant amount of time to complete.  For example with my 6th grade ELA class I choose passages to read that are really short.  I may be modeling a close reading technique and I want them to observe how I would complete the activity.  So that part may take 5 or 6 minutes.

This is the template that I created to help me design my lessons.  I also put a space for the Common Core standards, an essential question, and the academic vocabulary that will be used during the lesson.  Also I included a closure activity because I always have my students complete some kind of exit ticket.

This second template I use when I have to differentiate my lesson, which is most of the time.  I typically differentiate the group assignment and the independent assignment.

This is a really great model to use during your class and really allows you to collect data on your students because you are observing them work on the skill multiple times throughout the lesson.  You 

can even walk around with your iPad to collect data using the Confer App that I talked about yesterday! :)

Check out the lesson plan templates by clicking HERE!!! 

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  1. I've never seen this type of lesson plan...And I love it! Thanks so much for sharing it!

    1. No problem! I love this model it works so well with my class! I usually use the differentiated version because I have so many different levels in my classroom!

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