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6143.1(R) Lesson Plans and Plan Books, Regulation


Northfield, New Jersey







A. Lesson Plans


1. Each teaching staff member assigned specific instructional responsibilities shall prepare regular lesson plans.


2. Each lesson plan must include the:


a. Name of the unit or area of learning;

b. Goals and objectives;

c. New Jersey Core Curriculum Content standards;

d. Content outline;

e. Duration of the lesson;

f. Instructional methodology;

g. Evaluation procedures;

h. Progress Indicators;

i. Any seat work or activity center assignments;

j. Homework assignments; and

k. Resource materials.


3. Lesson plans must be completed prior to the start of the week.


4. Lesson plans will follow the format established at the building or departmental level, as appropriate. Lesson plans will ordinarily be prepared on a weekly basis, but, if the format so dictates, may be prepared on a long-range unit basis.


5. Lesson plans must be prepared with clarity and in sufficient detail to permit a person unacquainted with the classroom to conduct the lesson efficiently and effectively.


B. Online System


1. Lesson plans are kept in our online system by each teacher as a master plan for instruction in the classroom. In addition, the system will permit administrators to monitor classroom instruction and will give direction to substitutes.


2. Substitute folder filed with the office will include:


a. Lesson plans;

b. A seating chart of students in the classroom;

c. Daily class schedules; and

d. The names of students receiving instruction outside the classroom for specialized instruction during the school day.


3. Plans will be submitted to the Principal or subject supervisor every week for review.


4. Emergency lesson plans must be available for use by a substitute in an unforeseen situation. They will be filed with the office in September and reviewed and updated monthly or as needed




C. Substitute Lesson Plans (Filed with the Office)


Each teacher shall submit a substitute folder to the Principal that contains the following:


1. Special plans and hints for the substitute;


2. Procedure for opening exercises;


3. Explanation sheet on taking daily attendance and lunch count;


4. Special lessons to be used by the substitute when you are absent;


5. Procedure for dismissal of each class and dismissal at the end of the day;


6. Special subjects schedule-art, music, physical education, students leaving for instrumental lessons and remedial reading;


7. Fire drill forms and lockdown drill procedures;


8. Seating charts;


9. Room rules and regulations;


10. Names of students with special problems, such as physical disabilities;


11. Duty assignment.


Substitute folders should be reviewed and updated periodically. Special plans in the substitute folder will only be necessary should the teacher want a substitute not to follow their regular lesson plans. To help the substitute and to provide meaningful work for the children when they are absent, prepare a folder of subject related seatwork activities or ideas which a substitute can utilize if needed for each class assignment. Every attempt should be made to have the substitute follow the teachers’ plans so that the children’s education will not be interrupted during the teacher’s absence, particularly if it is an extended absence.




Adopted: October 20, 2008

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