Design Brilliant and Inspiring Lesson Plans Online with Canva

Get organized and be ready for every class with a custom lesson plan.

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Reach your class goals and objectives with a lesson plan

Learning is almost always a step-by-step process. Before they can learn algebra they need to master their multiplication tables. Before they can read, they need to learn their a-b-c’s. Lesson plans are the roadmap to achieving the educational goals of both teachers and students. Rather than scribbling on any old piece of paper, you can create a beautifully-designed one on Canva.

By using Canva, you get access to an amazing collection of templates that tackle various subjects, courses and even age groups. Couple this with our easy to use drag and drop tools, and you’ve got everything you need to create a custom lesson plan that will suit your needs, goals and tastes to a T.

How to make a lesson plan

  1. Open Canva

    Start by opening Canva on desktop or mobile. If you’re a new user, you can sign up for Canva through your Google or Facebook account. If you’ve been here before, just log in. Search for the “Lesson plan” design type to get started.

  2. Find the right template

    Find templates for every lesson plan theme you can imagine. Filter your search by color, style or subject. Just click on the template you like to start designing.

  3. Explore features

    Get creative with millions of images, icons, stickers, shapes, borders, grids and other graphics. Move elements around with the drag-and-drop tool. Use the collaboration tool to design in tandem with others.

  4. Customize your design

    Fill in the text boxes with your lesson details, upload your own images, mix and match fonts and colors from different templates and continue customizing until your design feels finished.

  5. Share or print

    Once you’re happy with your lesson plan, download it as a print-ready PDF and make high-quality prints with Canva Print. You can also share your design directly online in a few clicks. Need to make a few changes? Go back and edit your design any time.

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Design lesson plans to suit any subject

The best part of designing in Canva is working with templates. Our team of amazing designers have come up with a collection of beautiful and professional quality layouts that are just waiting for you to edit and customize to fit your needs. Whether you’re teaching toddlers shapes and colors, cultivating the curiosity of high schoolers taking up science, or guiding university-level students through art history, you can easily find a template suitable for your needs. You can even choose from weekly lesson plans or daily ones.

From there, it’s a simple matter of customizing your chosen template to exactly suit your style and taste. Once you’re happy with your design you can even turn it to your very own personal template to be reused for your next classes. Canva saves your designs on cloud so you can always go back to edit and update your designs when needed. Simply log in to your account from any computer or even design and edit on the go by downloading Canva’s iOS and Android apps for free.

Create a structured lesson plan

Creating a lesson plan in Canva can help you to use your class time effectively. Most of our lesson plan templates follow a clear pattern, arranged in easy to edit grids or text groups. This pattern makes it easy for you to identify key activities like your lesson introduction, lesson objectives and guided activities and helps to keep you organized while teaching class. Of course, you can always change things up to to suit your own teaching style. Go ahead and rearrange the grids, try looking for other grid patterns that have different size boxes to help you focus on focal points. Play with font styles and design techniques like adding background colors to highlight important activities.

Share your design and collaborate with your co-teachers

There may be times when you need to share your lesson plan with a substitute teacher or with your co-faculty to get feedback and suggestions. As an online design tool, Canva makes collaboration as easy as sharing a link to your design. Simply click on the share button and choose whether to give editing or viewing permission before sending out the generated link.

You can also easily print each day or week’s lesson plan by saving it as a print-ready PDF file. This will ensure the highest resolution so you can have a beautiful and easy to read lesson plan to refer to while teaching class.

FAQ

A lesson plan is usually a standard sized page or several pages divided into sections, with enough space for notes and reflections. The sections serve as guideposts for your lesson and are usually filled in with blocks of text. You can use a colorful template to keep things fun.

Lesson plans include:

  • lesson objectives
  • instructional materials
  • a blueprint for your lesson
  • assessment methods for your students
  • activities planned
  • assignments to be announced at the end of class

You might also include a guide for substitute teachers if needed.

A good lesson plan often begins with the end in mind, so that you know exactly what your students should take away from it; makes time for pausing to ask questions; creates moments for summary and repetition; and touches on the previous lesson and the next lesson to follow.

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