Common Core Math Lesson Plan Template

Instructor: Derek Hughes
Lesson planning is a critical part of teaching. In this lesson, you will learn how to write a math lesson plan using Common Core State Standards and why each component of the lesson plan is important.

What is a Lesson Plan?

Before you even step foot in a classroom to teach, it is helpful to know what your day is going to look like. This is why a lesson plan is so important. A lesson plan contains all of the objectives, activities, standards, and assessments for a particular lesson. In this lesson, you will learn how to write a lesson plan for math using the Common Core State Standards. This should serve as a good template to base your lesson plans off of. However, keep in mind that your school or district may require more or less information on the plans you write for them.

Components of a Common Core Lesson Plan

It is not enough to simply understand the material you are going to teach- you must have a road map for how you are going to teach. Each component of a lesson plan helps you detail each step of your lesson, from pre-planning to assessment. There are several key components of a Common Core lesson plan that should always be included. These are:

Learning Objectives


Background Knowledge

Common Core State Standards

Standards for Mathematical Practice

Teaching the Lesson



The rest of this lesson will detail each of these components and include short examples to help you see why each of them is important for your plans.

Learning Objectives

As a teacher, it is incredibly important for you to know exactly what you want your students to learn and understand by the end of a lesson. This is why having 'learning objectives' at the top of your lesson is so important. This section is a short sentence that clearly spells out exactly what students will know and how they will demonstrate their knowledge by the end of the lesson.

Example: Students will be able to independently solve two-digit addition problems using the carrying method by answering questions on a workbook page.

This objective contains both what you want students to learn by the end of the lesson and how you will assess or determine their mastery of the skill.


The materials section of a lesson plan is one of the simpler sections to write. It is just a list of every material you and the students will use during the lesson.

Example: Interactive whiteboard, slates, math workbooks

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