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Homeschool Planet Lesson Plans User Guide

Lesson Plan or Class?

By | Classes, Lesson Plans

While lesson plans and classes seem like the same thing (they ARE very similar!) they have some definite and important differences. To learn more about the distinction between classes and lesson plans in Homeschool Planet, see below.

So what is the difference between a Class and a Lesson Plan?

A Homeschool Planet Lesson Plan is a sequence of assignments with, optionally, associated resources, links to digital content (e.g., websites, online videos, PDFs, etc.), grading categories, and attendance-tracking information.

Initially, the lesson plan that you create in the Lesson Plan Library is not scheduled, nor is it associated with any particular, current class in your calendar. However, once created, you can then “apply” it to your calendar. When you do so, that lesson plan becomes the basis for a new class in your calendar, starting on a date that you specify, with a specific schedule, and assigned to specific students.

If you want to create a lesson plan that you will use multiple times, perhaps with different students in different school years, then it makes a lot of sense for you to create the lesson plan in the Lesson Plan Library, then apply it as you need it. However, if you want to create a lesson plan that you will only use once, then you don”t need to create it in the Lesson Plan Library. You can simply create a new Class in the Calendar or Planner views, and edit the class directly.

Another difference between lesson plans and classes is the way that Notes react in each. In a lesson plan a Note is attached, also called pinned, to the assignment. This means that once applied to the calendar if you move the assignment the note will move with the assignment. If a note is applied to the calendar however it is attached to the date so if assignments are shifted the note stays on the same day. Both of these uses are helpful. If you are adding a note about a particular assignment you will want it tied to the assignment and thus created as a lesson plan in the Lesson Plan Library. If however, you are adding say a note about remembering to shop for the next week’s science experiment materials you will want that note to be on Friday’s even if the assignments shift. In that case you will want to either create the schedule as a class or add the note to the lesson plan after it has been applied to the calendar, and thus, become a class.

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at support@homeschoolplanet.com. We are here to help you!

For more information about using Lesson Plans in your your Homeschool Planet account see the following entries:

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User Guide for Homeschool Planet Lesson Plans

Applying Lesson Plans

By | Lesson Plans

Planning your school year has never been easier than when you are applying Homeschool Planet’s plug-in lesson plans to your school calendar. Simply choose your students, a date range, which lessons to apply, and voila! Your whole class scheduled in minutes. For detailed instructions, see below.

Finding your purchased Lesson Plans

The first step to applying a Homeschool Planet plug-in lesson plan is finding it!

After logging into your account, all lesson plans are found in your Lesson Plan Library by clicking on the drop-down menu labeled “Calendar” in the upper right-hand side of your screen and choosing the “Lesson Plans” option.

On this screen, you will see all your lesson plans listed in two sections, one for your “Purchased Lesson Plans” (those you have purchased from the Marketplace) and the other for “My Lesson Plans” (those that you have either created from a class or made from scratch).

Applying the lesson plan

  1. Locate the lesson plan that you would like to use, then select the “Apply this lesson plan” text link to the far right of the plan name.
  2. When the “Apply (PLAN NAME) Lesson Plan” window opens, select either the “Create a new class” or “Apply to an existing class” option. Then click the “Next” button. Depending on which option you have selected, a different set of windows will open.

*If you select the “Create a new class” option:

  1. The next window will ask “Which assignments do you want to include?”
  2. In the “I want to include:” field, select either the “All assignments in the lesson plan” or the “Only the assignments I select” option.
    1. If the “All assignments in the lesson plan” option is chosen, click the “Next” button.
    2. If the “Only the assignments I select” option is selected, a list of the plan’s assignments will appear. Select which assignments you want as well as if you would like to “include notes” when the plan is applied by checking or unchecking the boxes. When you are satisfied with your selections, click the “Next” button.
  3. The next window will prompt you to select the subject of the class. You can also select the “Add a Subject” text link at the bottom of the list to open the field for creating a new subject. Once you select a subject, the “Next” button will be available to click.
  4. In the next window, you will be asked “To whom do you want to assign this class?” Check the box(es) beside the appropriate student(s), and click the “Next” button.
  5. The next window will ask “What is the schedule for the class?” Select the options that fit your needs, then click the “OK” button in the lower right of the window.
  6. A confirmation window will pop-up. Select the “OK” button and your lesson plan will now be applied to your planner.

*If you select the “Apply to existing class” option:

  1. The next window will ask you to “Choose the class to which to apply this lesson plan.” There is also a “Change which classes are listed here…” text link above the list that can be selected to open the “Select Classes” window. Here you can refine the classes list by student, subject/category, and time frame. Select the class you want the plan to be applied to then click the “Next” button.
  2. Continue by following all the steps above in the “If you select the “Create a new class” option:” section.

A few more things to note:

Purchased lesson plans from the Marketplace have a specific number of days and weeks recommended by the publisher.

If a lesson plan has already been applied to a class and you select the same class to apply the plan again, a pop-up window will appear asking “On what date do you want the assignments to start?” If you intend to apply the plan again, make your selection, click the “OK” button, and the plan will be applied without any further steps.

Grading and editing of plans can be done after they have been applied to your planner.

The screenshots below show each of these steps.

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at support@homeschoolplanet.com. We are here to help you!

Screenshot Images

Applying a Lesson Plan Video Tutorial:

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Homeschool Planet Lesson Plans User Guide

Applying a Partial Lesson Plan

By | Lesson Plans

Sometimes you just need a portion of a lesson plan. Whether you are already part way through your curriculum or only want to include certain types of assignments and activities, follow the directions below to apply a partial lesson plan.

Applying a Partial Lesson Plan

  1. After logging into your account, click on the drop-down menu labeled “Calendar” in the upper right-hand side of your screen and choose the “Lesson Plans” option.
  2. Locate the lesson plan that you would like to use, then select the “Apply this lesson plan” text link to the far right of the plan name.
  3. When the “Apply (PLAN NAME) Lesson Plan” window opens, select either the “Create a new class” or “Apply to an existing class” option. Then click the “Next” button. Depending on which option you have selected, a different set of windows will open. Follow the prompts until the “Which assignments do you want to include?” window opens.
  4. In the “I want to include:” field, select the “Only the assignments I select” option. A list of the plan’s assignments will appear. Select which assignments you want as well as if you would like to “include notes” when the plan is applied by checking or unchecking the boxes. When you are satisfied with your selections, click the “Next” button.
  5. The next window will prompt you to select the subject of the class. You can also select the “Add a Subject” text link at the bottom of the list to open the field for creating a new subject. Once you select a subject, the “Next” button will be available to click.
  6. In the next window, you will be asked “To whom do you want to assign this class?” Check the box(es) beside the appropriate student(s), and click the “Next” button.
  7. The next window will ask “What is the schedule for the class?” Select the options that fit your needs, then click the “OK” button in the lower right of the window.
  8. A confirmation window will pop-up. Select the “OK” button and your lesson plan will now be applied to your planner.

The screenshots below show steps 3-5.

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at support@homeschoolplanet.com. We are here to help you!

Screenshot Images

 

Applying a Partial Lesson Plan Video Tutorial:

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at support@homeschoolplanet.com. We are here to help you!

For more information about using Lesson Plans in your your Homeschool Planet account see the following entries:

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Creating a Lesson Plan from a Class

By | Lesson Plans

Saving classes as lesson plans is as easy as 1, 2, 3 in your Homeschool Planet account. To learn how to save a class as a lesson plan see the directions below.

Creating a Lesson Plan from a Class

If you have created a class directly on the Calendar and would like to save it as a lesson plan for use with future students you can do so by following these steps:

  1. After logging into your account, locate the class that you would like to make a lesson plan from, and click on the class title.
  2. When the window opens, find and select the  “Create a lesson plan based on this class” text link.
  3. In the “Create Lesson Plan Based on “(CLASS NAME)” window it will ask “Which assignments do you want to include?” From the drop-down menu, select either “All assignments in the class” or “Only the assignments I select” option, whichever works best for you.
  4. If you want to include all assignments in your lesson plan, including those that have been completed, be sure to check the “include completed assignments” box.
  5. Select the “OK” button in the lower right corner.
  6. The “Create Lesson Plan” window will now open where you are able to make any changes you need to make.
  7. When you are satisfied with your lesson plan, select the “Save and Close” button in the bottom right corner.
  8. The class will now appear as a lesson plan in your Homeschool Planet Lesson Plan Library!

Creating a Lesson Plan from a Class Screenshots

Lesson Plan Video Tutorial:

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at support@homeschoolplanet.com. We are here to help you!

For more information about using Lesson Plans in your your Homeschool Planet account see the following entries:

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Deleting a Lesson Plan

By | Lesson Plans

Sometimes you want to delete a lesson plan from the lesson plan library because you know you won’t use it again, you have a saved a newer version of the lesson plan, you have changed curriculum, or for some other reason. To find out how to delete a lesson plan from your Lesson Plan library see the directions below.

A Reminder about Lesson Plans and Classes

Once a lesson plan has been applied to the calendar it is considered s class. These directions are for deleting lesson plans from the Lesson Plan Library. If you need to learn how to delete a lesson plan from your calendar please see the directions for Deleting a Class.

Directions for Deleting Lesson Plans

The Lesson Plan Library can hold three types of Lesson Plans. The first are purchased lesson plans. These cannot be deleted. The second type of lesson plans listed are those that were “Shared with Me” and can be deleted as can those in the category, “My Lesson Plans.”

To delete a lesson plan, locate the plan you wish to delete and select the text which reads “delete” to the right of the plan. Next, confirm your decision to delete when the pop-up box asks  if you are sure you wish to delete the lesson plan. That’s it! Your lesson plan has now been deleted.

Screenshot for Deleting Lesson Plans

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at support@homeschoolplanet.com. We are here to help you!

For more information about using Lesson Plans in your your Homeschool Planet account see the following entries:

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User Guide for Homeschool Planet Lesson Plans

Finding Purchased Lesson Plans

By | Lesson Plans

Wondering where your purchased (and created) Lesson Plans are stored? Look no further~ this article will help you find them in a snap!

Directions for finding your lesson plans

  1. First log into your Homeschool Planet account.
  2. Click on the drop-down menu labeled “Calendar” in the upper left-hand side of your screen and choose the “Lesson Plans” option.
  3. This will take you to the Lesson Plan Library.
  4. On this screen, you will see all your lesson plans listed in two sections, one for your “Purchased Lesson Plans” (those you have purchased from the Marketplace) and the other for “My Lesson Plans” (those that you have either created from a class or made from scratch). There is also a third category “Shared Lesson Plans” which will only appear if another user has shared lesson plans with you.
  5. To find directions for editing, sharing, or applying lesson plans see the individual posts for those tasks.

Finding Lesson Plans Screenshots

 

 

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at support@homeschoolplanet.com. We are here to help you!

For more information about using Lesson Plans in your your Homeschool Planet account see the following entries:

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Purchasing Plug-In Lesson Plans

By | Lesson Plans

Are you looking for more plug-in lesson plans after seeing how quick and easy our professionally designed plug-in lesson plans make scheduling out your entire year? Thankfully, finding plans is as easy as applying them! Find the directions to get started locating lesson plans and populating your calendar today below!

Finding Plug-in Lesson Plans

All of Homeschool Planet’s plug-in lesson plans can be found in the Lesson Plan & Curriculum Marketplace, which is located here.

You can also access the Marketplace from your planner by selecting the “Homeschool Planet” logo in the upper left corner. This will take you to our main website. Once here, look in the upper right menu bar, hover over the “Marketplace” option, then select “Lesson Plans & Curriculum” from the drop-down menu.

After arriving in the Marketplace you can search for lesson plans a couple different ways!

  • First, you can use the Search bar at the top of the page to locate a lesson plan by curriculum title, publisher, or common known abbreviation- think SOTW, for Story of the World or MoH for Mystery of History.
  • Second, you can peruse the appropriate Subject area headings (Art & Music, Foreign Language, Math- Textbook, etc.) for the curriculum you are trying to find a lesson plan for.

Once you have arrived on the Lesson Plan Family page you will find a description of the lesson plan as well as screenshots to show you how the plans will appear on the Calendar. Additionally, you will find a list of what is included in the lesson plan, under the section What you Get. While a few of our lessons plans have curriculum embedded or downloadable, most do not include curriculum. You will find a note which will confirm whether curriculum is included or not. To learn more about the curriculum the lesson plan is for check to see if there is a “More info” link on the individual plan. This link may even provide an affiliate link directly to the curricula which corresponds to the lesson plan for ease in purchasing.

Not able to find the lesson plan you are looking for? Drop us a note at support@homeschoolplanet.com and we will be happy to add your request to our list of requested lesson plans!

Finding the Marketplace Screenshots

Lesson Plan Video Tutorial:

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at support@homeschoolplanet.com. We are here to help you!

For more information about using Lesson Plans in your your Homeschool Planet account see the following entries:

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With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

 

Sharing Lesson Plans

By | Lesson Plans

Homeschooling with a friend, or in a small group and need to share your lesson plan with them? Homeschool Planet allows users to share lesson plans they have created with others users to make the journey easier. For directions on sharing lesson plans see below!

Sharing a Lesson Plan can be done by following these steps~

  1. After logging into your account, click on the drop-down menu labeled “Calendar” in the upper right-hand side of your screen and choose the “Lesson Plans” option.
  2. On this screen, scroll to your “My Lesson Plans” section and find the lesson plan you would like to share.
  3. Locate and select the blue “Share” text link beside the name of your plan.
  4. The “Share Lesson Plan (PLAN NAME)” window will open. Click the “+Add” button.
  5. A new window will open (“Sharing Lesson Plans”) with information about sharing plans. Review this information, then select the “Ok” button in the lower-left corner.
  6. When the next window opens, fill in your friend’s name and email address in the “To” field. You can also personalize your subject line as well as the email message body. After filling in the information, select the “OK” button in the lower-left corner.
  7. Our system will send an email to your friend with a link to add the lesson plan to their lesson plan page.
  8. If you make changes to your lesson plan, anyone you have shared the plan with will receive a message in Homeschool Planet notifying them of the changes. They can view the changes and can either choose to accept or ignore them.
  9. If someone you have shared your plan with would like to use your lesson plan but make changes to it, they will need to make a copy of the plan and then save it in their “My Lesson Plan” section. Then they can make changes to this new, saved copy.

Sharing Lesson Plan Screenshots

Lesson Plan Video Tutorial:

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at support@homeschoolplanet.com. We are here to help you!

For more information about using Lesson Plans in your your Homeschool Planet account see the following entries:

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With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

 

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