Digital Lesson Plans FAQs

One of my most popular resources in my store is especially popular right now during distance learning:   Digital lesson plan templates.  I often get asked lots of the same questions about these templates and how I use them.  So, today, I'm going to give you the answers to my most frequently asked questions about using these digital lesson plan templates!


What are Digital Lesson Plan Templates?

Digital lesson plan templates are the templates I used in the classroom to plan out my week and what I currently use for homeschooling my 2nd grader.  They are hosted on Google Drive so I could access them easily at home or anywhere with internet!  Because they are hosted on Google, it's also super easy to add in links to articles, games, digital resources, or whatever right there in my plans.  That way, when I'm teaching, and we are ready to do our digital phonics lessons, I can just click from my lesson plans and go straight there.


Can the fields inside of the boxes be edited?

Yes!  Every single part of this template is editable, including the contents inside of the boxes.  I have put those there because that is the format that I use, and if that works for you great!  But if it doesn't, feel free to edit as you need to!


Can I Share The Lesson Plans With My Teammates?

Yes... BUT!  In order to follow the DMCA laws and copyright laws, you must purchase an additional license for each teacher that will be using the document.  You do NOT have to purchase a license for your admin who you turn your plans in to for viewing/record keeping.


You can purchase additional licenses for 10% off the original price here!


If you are an administrator and looking to buy a license for all of the teachers in your school, you can email me at whitney@thefirstgraderoundup.com for heavily discounted pricing options!


I Need Bigger Boxes.  Can I Make the Boxes Bigger?

Yes!  Just like in Word, the boxes will grow as big as you need them to.  That means, you may end up with more than one page of plans.  I like to keep my plans to one page just because that works best for me... that's why the boxes are sized the way they are.  BUT, if you need more details in those boxes or information on your plans so you remember what you are teaching, you can type a novel in the box with no problems!


How Do I Make a New Template Each Week?

With Google docs, you can make a copy of the template and use it for each week.  At the end of the year, I have 36 files of lesson plan templates on my drive!  And then the next year, I can start with the same templates for each week and just change what I want to from the previous year.  Yay!


To make a new template, you simply choose File > Make A Copy.  You will name the new copy of plans and then make sure it will save into the correct folder and then click ok.  That's it!  Now your own template is saved and ready to edit for the next week!


Since This is a Google File, Will This Work With Word?

Yes... Mostly!  You can download the Google file to Word by choosing File > Download > Microsoft Word.


WARNING: It will not save all of the fonts... it will most likely change the fonts to Times New Roman.  But the formatting will stay basically the same.   


Also, by downloading to Word, you will lose the benefit of being able to view your plans from home, but it is definitely an option if you need it!


I Prefer the Days at the Top and the Subject Areas on the Side.  Is that Possible?

Yes!  Just simply type over the headers and rename them however you choose!


Can I Add More Columns and Rows?

Yes!  Just click where you would like to add another column or row.  Then right click and choose Insert Row above/below or Insert column above/below.  


You can also delete a column or row if you need to!


I Need to See More of this In Action First!

I have a youtube video that walks through the plans for you to see up close and personal here.


And several years ago, I did a facebook live on these plans as well!


Where Can I Find These Lesson Plan Templates?

You can get a license for these templates for a single classroom teacher use only HERE!  And if you are interested in more digital Google templates to keep you organized, you can check out the bundle here.

Lesson Plan Templates EDITABLE compatible with Google Drive      Planning And Assessment Tools Compatible With Google Drive BUNDLE

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