Teachers know that lesson plans make any day of teaching run much smoother. With a lesson unit for each major topic, the entire year can be much less stressful. Lesson units can give a course direction and can make it easier to plan activities on a day-to-day basis.

Choose a topic to cover in your lesson unit. Decide how many days you wish to make the unit last. Plan a day to start the unit and a day to end the unit, but be flexible. You may not finish all the learning activities, and you may need to allow extra days to finish them.

Put your objectives for the lesson unit in writing. Check with your state's standards to be sure you are in compliance with them. Also make sure you are in compliance with the local school district's standards.

Write the final exam for the unit as you write your objectives. Whether it's a traditional test or a hands-on activity, if you write the exam at the same time you write the objectives, you can do a better job of writing an evaluation problem for each objective.

List all the materials you plan to use for the unit. Make sure to include books, multimedia materials and hands-on activities. Gather these materials so that you can have easy access to them when you need them.

Devise the daily lesson plans for the unit. Follow the guidelines set down by your school district. Each daily lesson plan usually includes daily objectives, guided practice, individual practice and evaluation as well as other components.

Teach the lessons in the unit. When you complete the unit, evaluate the lesson unit. Make notes of things to change the next time you teach that unit.