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SIOP Lesson Plan Template

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Are you required to use the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) lesson plan format? Then read on. This lesson gives you information about the lesson plan format, including information on what makes it unique, as well as an example template.

The SIOP Model

As English Language Learners become more and more common in our classrooms, the need to create and adapt planning in order to meet their specific needs increases.The SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) lesson plan model is designed to specifically target English Language Learners, or ELL students, in the classroom. The model is structured to meet the academic needs of ELL students and focuses eight areas of planning, instruction and assessment specifically designed to prepare for, teach, reinforce and assess student learning.

The SIOP model relies on planning in the following eight areas:

  • Lesson preparation
  • Building background
  • Input
  • Strategies
  • Interaction
  • Practice/application
  • Lesson delivery
  • Review & assessment

Teachers begin by preparing for the lesson, then build and incorporate aspects of the student's background in order to connect to prior learning. From there, they teach content, stressing the use of strategies for deepened understanding. Teachers plan for rich interactions and practice to apply skills. The lesson delivery supports objectives and engages students. Finally, teachers review key concepts and assess learning.

Why Use the SIOP Model?

Funded by the United States Department of Education, the Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence sponsored research into a model that would support ELL students and help them achieve academic success. Their specific goal was to create a model of 'sheltered instruction,' a method of teaching that would lead to specific educational outcomes based on identified strategies as we see used in the SIOP model.

Specifically, the team of researchers identified the eight criteria above as necessary for student understanding and success. When teachers connect to background knowledge, for example, ELL students are able to create context for learning. If Mrs. Jones, a fourth grade teacher, links place value to a previous experience for students, they are better able to assimilate the new learning.

The SIOP Lesson Plan Template

Teacher Mrs. Jones
Topic Place Value
Specific Population 4th-grade students - Spanish-speaking natives 9/24
Preparation Bring picture flashcards and previous notes
Standards & Objectives MA 4.3 - Students will identify numbers by place value in the 100s
Materials Text pages 34-35, task cards, craft sticks, rubber bands
Vocabulary Place value, tens, ones

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