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Explore our standards-based teacher lesson plans and activities for all subjects and classroom levels!

We have over 3,000 ready-to-use and creative free online lesson plans and activities! Created by teachers, our resources are aligned with Common Core standards and are guaranteed to bring out the best in your students, and give you a treasure trove of new ideas to choose from. We have free lesson plans for teachers that are fun for all grade levels: elementary students, middle school lesson plans, lesson plans for high school, and lesson plan resources for teachers.

Storyboard That provides access to simple one-step-prep materials for interactive activities and other types of classroom activities! All you have to do is copy the activities that you would like to use, and they will be saved directly to your teacher dashboard. From there, you can use the directions, templates, and examples as is, or customize the lessons to meet your specific needs and ideas. We have meaningful lesson plans for all subjects including math, science, current events in today's world, vocabulary, technology, social studies, reading, writing, and so much more. Educators can also choose from social emotional activities and lessons that build community and are relevant in classrooms today.

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How to Get Started with Storyboarding in the Classroom

If you’re new to storyboarding or looking for fresh ideas on using storyboards in your classroom, we’ve got you covered! Explore our teacher resources page for lesson plans, tips, and tricks on getting started. We have a library of free printable templates and all the materials needed that you can use with your students. And don’t forget to check out the search function for even more great ideas!

Great lessons start with great lesson plans. That’s why we have put together this bank of teacher-submitted, classroom-tested lesson plans for you to use in your own class. If you’re looking for lessons by grade level or subject, you can find them all at Storyboard That.

Lesson Plan Ideas

Here at Storyboard That, we understand that every teacher has different needs. That’s why we offer a wide variety of lesson plans for all grades and subject areas. Whether you need middle school ELA lesson plans or elementary science lesson plans, we’ve got you covered! Our easy-to-use storyboard creator makes it simple to turn your lesson plans into interactive activities in just a few steps.

Not sure where to start? Check out our top lesson plan ideas below!

Science Lesson Plans: From cells to the solar system, our science lesson plans will have your students engaged and excited to learn about the world around them.

Social Studies Lesson Plans: Take your students on a journey through time with these social studies lesson plans. From Ancient Greece to the American Revolution, there’s something for everyone.

English Lesson Plans: Whether you’re looking for ESL lesson plans or literature lesson plans, there’s something for everyone. These English lesson plans will help your students improve their writing, reading, and speaking skills.

Lesson plan ideas can be whatever you make of them and what the curriculum requires you to teach. You can use the free printable lesson plans to organize your lessons in a way that works best for you. The printable lesson plans can be used in several ways:

  • To keep track of what you have taught and when you have taught it.
  • To help you plan ahead for upcoming lessons.
  • To share with other teachers or homeschooling parents who might be looking for assistance with their teaching.

Lesson Plan Examples

Want to see what a lesson plan looks like? Check out our lesson plan examples below.

Science Lesson Plan Example: This science lesson plan example template can be used by teachers to create their own science lesson plans. This template includes various activities and strategies for teaching the scientific methods, properties of matter, and states of matter.

Social Studies Lesson Plan Example: This World Geography Projects social studies lesson plan example template can be used as a starting off point for teachers to create their own social studies lesson plans for anywhere. This guide includes many activities and strategies for teaching world history, geography, and cultures. All activities can be copied and changed to fit the needs of your lesson.

English Lesson Plan Example: This Novel Study English lesson plan example template can be used by teachers to create their own English lesson plans. This template includes different activities and strategies for teaching grammar, writing, and literature.

The fun lesson plans for elementary students are awesome to keep the children engaged and excited about learning. The printable lesson plans work great for in-person and online teaching too.

Lesson Plans for Elementary School

Free online lesson plans can be used to teach elementary students. The lesson plans for elementary school are specifically designed to meet the needs of elementary-aged children. The lessons can be used in various ways to learn in a different format than the students usually do on a day-to-day basis.

The lesson plans for elementary school are available in various subjects, including:

  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Fables, Fairytales, & Fantasy
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction

Middle School Lesson Plans

Middle school students need to be taught slightly differently compared with younger elementary students. The middle school lesson plans are designed around teaching this age group. The focus is on using more interactive activities, classroom activities, games, and hands-on experiences.

The lessons are still divided into subjects, such as:

  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction/Memoir
  • Fantasy, Science Fiction, Epic Poetry
  • Plays
  • Short Stories
  • Poems, Speeches, and Letters

These are free printable lesson plans templates that are relevant to and designed to benefit the age group learning from them. The lesson plan resources for teachers allow you to plan lessons that increase the children’s comprehension of the information and save teachers lots of time as most of the hard-planning work has already been done for you. Teachers’ lesson plans can be used as they are or easily customized to fit the needs of your students.

Lesson Plans for High School

High school lesson plans are a little different from the other types of lessons. The high school lesson plans are geared more towards preparing students for college and careers.

The lessons focus on skills that will be needed in the real world, such as:

  • Writing Emails
  • Complex Literature
  • High School Projects
  • Foreign Languages
  • Social Media

Interactive activities are still used, but the focus is more on in-depth discussions, projects, and writing assignments. The high school lesson plans are available in various subjects, too.

Why Is Storyboarding So Important for Young People?

Storyboarding is a fantastic way to enhance student creativity and critical thinking when it comes to sharing the stories they want to tell. It’s also a great activity for kids for building teamwork and collaboration skills! When students storyboard, they are planning and visually organizing their thoughts. This process helps them better understand the story they want to tell and identify any gaps in their understanding.

It allows them to see the story from different perspectives, which can help them find new ways to solve problems or approach challenges. In addition, storyboarding is a great way to encourage students to work together. When students collaboratively plan and organize their stories, they learn how to communicate effectively with one another and compromise when necessary.

Using Storyboard That’s Educational Activities for Students

All of our activities and lesson plans for elementary school, middle, and high school include basic directions, a blank template, and a completed example that teachers can choose to show or not to show their students. Many of our activities have pre-made rubrics that teachers can use as a guide for grading their students’ storyboards. We also provide additional lesson plan ideas, teacher lesson plans, and lesson plans examples. Everything can be customized to fit your ideas and desired objectives, as well as the unique needs of your students.

How To Copy an Activity

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  1. Choose one of the many resources at your fingertips!
  2. Click on the “Copy Activity” button. It will automatically copy the activity to your teacher dashboard.
  3. Customize the directions, template, example, and rubric as you please, or leave the activity just as it is!
  4. Assign the activity to as many classes as you’d like.

Not ready to assign the activity just yet? Simply click the blue “Hide Assignment” button, making it easy to use at a later date.

By clicking the green “View As Student” tab, you can see the assignment exactly how your students will see it. You can also click the “View Student Work” tab to watch your students work in real time!

Frequently Asked Questions about Free Lesson Plans and Activities

What are free lesson plans and activities?

Storyboard That’s free lesson plans are written by former classroom teachers. They include activities that are aligned with the Common Core standards, and also come with a template, instructions, and a rubric.

What are health and wellness lesson plans?

Health and wellness lesson plans consist of lessons and activities relating to bullying, peer pressure, self esteem, goal setting, decision making, relationships, and other areas of social emotional learning.

How do I find free lesson plans and activities?

To search on Storyboard That, simply type what you are looking for in the search bar. Additionally, you can browse our lesson plans that are arranged by grade level and subject area.

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