Professional Development

April 29, 2019

Using AirTable for Online Lesson Plan Writing

I don’t know about you, but I was always looking for easy, more efficient ways to write lesson plans and keep up with them. One neat way to do just that is with online lesson plans that also make sharing easy! AirTable is an online space to create and share content that’s a crossover between a spreadsheet and a database. Online lesson plan writing with AirTable could be a game changer! At the end of the post, I’m linking to some posts that could be helpful with your literacy lesson planning!

Using AirTable for Online Lesson Planning

Why I’m Loving AirTable

  • It’s very user-friendly and easy to figure out how to get going with it. Even the more advanced features don’t feel too difficult to implement.
  • It’s cloud-based so I can have access to my account on any computer or device.
  • I can have fields for text, checkmarks, barcodes, durations, attachments, multiple choice, dates, and several other neat options. It’s unlike Excel in that you can add these things to make it easy to look at and stay organized.
  • THERE IS AN APP!! Yes, an app! I can open any base at any time from anywhere and edit or add things.

Getting Started

When you get signed up (referral link), you’ll start with your “Workspace”. This is where you can start creating! Each “base” is what each new database you create will be called. Inside of each base, you can create “tables” that show up as tabs at the top. For example, you might have a “Reading Lesson Plans” base with tables for “Shared Reading”, “Interactive Reading,” and “Close Reading”. Inside of each base, you can customize the columns and rows with so many different options. You can have dates, times, durations, tags, pictures, etc. If you want a complete, detailed guide to AirTable, you can find it HERE.

Using AirTable for Online Lesson Planning

Writing Lesson Plans in AirTable

There are SO many ways to use AirTable for all of your lesson planning. You could do what I did and use a new base for each subject weekly. Another idea is to use a base for just one part, like interactive writing, and add a new table each week. You would end up with the whole year in one base for one part of each subject. I think having a weekly base is a little easier to look at quickly than having to open six or so bases just for literacy. If your team is planning to make a graphic organizer or student product, you can easily add in a photo of it for everyone to see.

Collaborating Lesson Plans

Online lesson plans, or cloud based software, allows plans to be shared from any device, no matter where you are. If you collaborate with other teachers on your team, need to share your plans with your administrator, or work with a special education teacher whom you share students with, AirTable makes it simple to include them.   If your teaching team splits up making the framework of lesson plans, AirTable would be a great place to set up the foundation and have each teacher clearly see what the week will look like. You can also choose to let people just view the content or be able to edit it. It’s very versatile!

Lesson Plan Ideas

If you’re ready to get planning, these posts have some inspiration and ideas for you. Whether you need ideas for phonics, writing, sight words, or science, there’s lots to look at. You’re sure to find something new to implement!

You can find my favorite teaching points for shared reading that you can use with any poem or big book HERE.

These posts might be helpful with phonics and literacy stations:

If you need some new ideas or help with writer’s workshop, you might check out these posts:

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If you’re already using AirTable for lesson planning, I’d love to hear what you think and how you’re using it!

Happy Teaching,



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Hi, I'm Amanda

I’m a K-1 teacher who is passionate about making lessons your students love and that are easy to implement for teachers.  Helping teachers like you navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. Here, you’ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!


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3 Responses

  1. Thank you for this resource! I am going to play around with it over the summer to see if it’s something I like! I’m trying out several digital options as alternatives to my scribbles in a paper planner (which I’m still oddly attached to)!

    I’m curious to see a little more of how you set yours up – I am not very familiar with the program yet, but does that mean you end up having a base for each week of your year, for each subject? As in, I would have 37 reading bases (1 per week of the year) and then the same for my writing and math and inquiry? Or am I misunderstanding how you set yours up?

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Sara!! I *may* have answered you somewhere else, but just incase it was not you that asked this, I wanted to answer here! I would one per SUBJECT and then have a tab for each week. I don’t know if I could handle 37 bases!

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