Lesson Planning for Distance Learning - Elementary Education

Lesson Planning for Distance Learning

As we move into uncertain times, there looms before us a great unknown: distance learning. Also known as remote instruction or e-learning, distance learning involves teachers teaching students who are not physically in their presence.

While distance learning is made possible through today’s technology, it still is throwing teachers everywhere for a loop as we wonder, “How exactly will we do this?”

Schools all over the country are closing their doors for 3 weeks or more in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Rather than scramble, I have put together a quick guide for you to prepare materials for distance learning using my free template along with materials you already own. No crazy spending, no impulse buying: simply arranging materials in a way that works for distance learning so your students’ needs are met and your brain is not fried (or wallet empty). 


Distance Learning Tip #1: Use What You Have

Use resources you already have. No need to reinvent the wheel or spend money on resources during an already financially stressful time.

Be creative about going paperless. Search your  TPT Purchases by keywords such as “paperless” or “whiteboard” and see what can be used online as distance learning materials.

Distance Learning Tip #2: Use This Free Template To Go 100% Digital

  • I have compiled a tutorial for using this document alongside materials you already own.
  • The template is color-coded so each day is noticeably different than the others.
  • The slides and daily tasks are broken down into simple, easy to digest chunks that students will understand.
  • There is plenty of editable space where you can either type, speak, or record via video your instructions.
  • There is also a self-check option on every slide.

You can grab the template here

Distance Learning Tip #3: Use Screen Recording For Easy Instructions

Last but not least, you can get a free screen recording tool with Loom. They are offering their services for all teachers and it’s the easiest screen recording software I’ve ever used! This is great to create quick video instructions for your students that you can copy + paste into the Google Slides distance learning template

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