A Collection of Lesson Plans for Teaching Microsoft Office

Ready-made Activities for Computer Skills in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint

Pre-adolescent girls programming electronics at laptop and digital tablet in classroom
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Looking for fun, ready-made lesson plans for teaching ​Microsoft Office skills?

These resources help you teach your students programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, and Publisher within the context of real-life scenarios. 

Find lesson plans for elementary, middle grade, or high school students. Some may even be appropriate for basic computer classes at the college level. Best of all, most of these are free!

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First, Check Your School District's Site

Lessons Plans for Teaching Computer Skills and Microsoft Office
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Most teachers know whether or not their school district offers computer skills curriculum or lesson plans.

Some school districts even post free resources online, so you can take a look and perhaps even download resources. If you are new to a teaching position, you may want to check out your organization's resources first. That way, you know your curriculum aligns with district policies.

What We Like

  • Teachers only access.

  • Professional lesson plans.

  • Tailored toward school policies.

What We Don't Like

  • Limited quality.

  • Limited selection.

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DigitalLiteracy.gov

DigitalLiveracy.gov

 Cindy Grigg

This is a great site for finding free lesson plans donated by a bunch of organizations, including Goodwill. Several address Microsoft Office programs.

On the left, you will notice a wide range of topics for improving computer literacy.

What We Like

  • University quality lesson plans.

  • Variety of formats.

  • Many resources for educators.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to search for lesson plans.

  • Not all integrate with Office.

  • Small selection.

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Teachnology.com

Teachnology

Cindy Grigg

Get Microsoft Office computing lessons with fun topics for elementary school, middle school, and high school students.

You can also find free web quests and other technology-related lessons on this site, as well as overviews of how programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are useful for students' learning in general as well as how they might need it in future pursuits.

What We Like

  • Multiple categories available.

  • Very large selection.

  • Includes many other teacher resources.

  • Includes premade and templates.

What We Don't Like

  • Links to 3rd party websites.

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Education World

Education World

 Cindy Grigg

Download free PDF curriculum complete with learning outcomes, images, and more for some versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

These have been created by Bernie Poole. Some activities require work files. To get those ready-made templates and resources, please know you will need to email Mr. Poole.  

The site also features many more topics for computer integration. 

What We Like

  • Professional website design.

  • Professionally designed lesson plans.

  • Many other resources for teachers.

What We Don't Like

  • Disorganized listing.

  • Limited selection.

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Microsoft Educator Community

Microsoft Educator Community

Cindy Grigg

Find resources for teachers such as the Common Core Implementation Kit and more. This extensive site includes courses, tutorials, resources for tools like Skype, and more. 

Badges, points, and certificates are also available to help motivate and organize your progress. For example, certify to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE).

Instructors can also share or find Learning Activites for a variety of ages, subjects, and computer programs.

What We Like

  • Built for Office products.

  • Large selection of lesson plans.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to find lesson plans.

  • Disorganized website.

  • Lacks search feature.

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Microsoft Imagine Academy

Microsoft IT Academy

 Cindy Grigg

You may also be interested in integrating Microsoft's own certifications with your curriculum. This prepares your students to be more marketable once they leave your class.

These might include the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications.

What We Like

  • Various areas with free lesson plans.

  • Innovative, well-designed lesson plans.

  • Well integrated with Office products.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to find lesson plans.

  • Lacks effective search feature.

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LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District)

Lesson Plans

 Cindy Grigg

For a variety of free lesson plans in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for middle school students, check out this site.

Another great tool on this site is a matrix showing how these lessons cross over into other subject areas such as science, math, language arts, and more. 

What We Like

  • Large selection of lesson plans.

  • Common Core plans.

  • Organized by grade.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to find specific topics.

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Digital Wish

Digital Wish

Cindy Grigg

This site features an easy-to-use interface for viewing and using free lesson plans.

Most focus on Microsoft Word, with a few for Excel as well. 

What We Like

  • Large selection of lesson plans.

  • Organized by topic.

  • Easy search feature.

What We Don't Like

  • Outdated website design.

  • Poorly formatted lesson plans.

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Computer Skills Lesson Plan from TechnoKids

TechnoKids

 Cindy Grigg

This site offers premium lesson plans for Office 2007, 2010, or 2013 at affordable prices.

Lessons feature real-life applications your students will love. Here's a quote from their site:

"Promote an amusement park. Design posters in Word, surveys in Excel, ads in PowerPoint, and more!"

What We Like

  • Well designed website.

  • Plans organized by grade.

  • One free lesson plan each month.

  • Easy to navigate site.

What We Don't Like

  • Lesson plans are not free.

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Applied Educational Systems (AES)

Applied Educational Systems

Cindy Grigg

This site is another offering premium lesson plans for teaching Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher, for some versions of the Microsoft Office suite.

What We Like

  • Professionally designed website.

  • High quality lesson plans.

  • Time saving templates.

What We Don't Like

  • Lesson plans are not free.