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How to Evaluate Online Lessons

Use our checklist to make sure a lesson plan is right for your students

Found in: Advice & Support

There are so many online lesson plans and resources in the Internet age, it can be a burden of riches. How do you know whether you can trust a lesson found on Pinterest?

Use the checklist below to help rate the quality of any lesson. Examples of each criteria are listed underneath. As with any lesson, you must tailor it to meet the needs of your unique students.

 Online Lesson Quality Checklist:

  • Is the lesson aligned to standards? (Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies, Physical Education, etc.)
    o “CCSS.ELA.RI.3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.”

  • Is the lesson’s objective stated and observable?
    o “Students will be able to write the main idea and one detail of a given text.”

  • Does this lesson activate your students’ prior knowledge?
    o Life Experience - “Think about one time in your life you were scared. What was that like?”  
    o Previous Learning - “Think about what we talked about yesterday about Abraham Lincoln.”

  • Is this lesson culturally responsive?
    o Does the lesson connect to students lived experiences? How?
    o Does this lesson contain diverse characters or different languages?
    o Does it explore characters from various economic backgrounds?
    o How does it connect to my students’ community?

  • Does this lesson enrich vocabulary?

  • Is this lesson engaging?
    o Partner Talk, Four Corners, Kagan, Gallery Walk, Numbered Heads, etc.

  • Does this lesson use conceptual development?
    o I do, We do, You do

  • Does this lesson include checks for understanding?
    o Thumbs Up/Down, whiteboards, exit tickets, parking lot

  • Does this lesson offer independent practice?
    o Manipulatives, worksheet, project

  • Does it offer opportunity for differentiation?
    o Remediate or enrich, utilize small group instruction

  • Does this lesson offer closure?
    o Student debrief, review of objective