Lesson Preparation

After completing a Self-Assessment, use Sara Brinson’s, “Planning Reference,” which includes activities to help support or supplement your lessons. You can use these strategies to supplement or adapt lessons you’re already teaching.

Here is a handy TOOLKIT that is a resource for developing academic language for all students in all content areas. It will help scaffold your lesson.

After creating your lesson you can go over the SIOP lesson planning checklist, references, activity guides, and templates you can use to fill in and create your lessons.


SWBAT (students will be able to)

  • Should be generalized and transferable.
  • Use action-orientated, observable, and assessable verbs.
  • Avoid the verbs review and practice; they are not outcomes.
  • Avoid the verbs learn, understand, and comprehend in objectives; they are broader goals and difficult to observe.
  • Post them and discuss them in kid-friendly language.


  • Drawn from BC Ministry standards
  • Can use language directly from the curricular competencies
  • Verbs to use: identify, analyze, rank, construct, graph, divide, solve, visualize, design, discover, research, compare/contrast, compute.


  • Uses verbs related to listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Address the language needed to achieve the content objectives.
  • Verbs to use: read, write, listen, list, tell, discuss, journal, record, persuade, debate, draft, describe, explain, converse, quick write, log.


Lesson Planning Checklist

DOWNLOAD checklist

Lesson Plan Guide/Reference List

DOWNLOAD checklist

*** this includes activities with descriptions for each component

Lesson Plans (download and fill in):

Template 1 (fill in digitally)

Template 2

Template 3

Template 4

Template 5