Webbing for lesson plans in preschool

It was recently suggested that I talk a little bit about how to create a web that will help you in creating lesson plans. I am going to present a few very basic webs just to get you thinking!


This first web is focused on centers. This web is simply an example of how webbing can be used to help you think through all aspects of your classroom planning.  In every web you want to start with the middle of the web. The middle of the web is the core idea that you will build all other parts of the web from.

Webbing out from the word in the middle are the centers I have elected to set up in my classroom. I could have added fewer or more centers. The point of this article is not to tell you what centers to include in your web or classroom, rather to show you how to use the webbing method.

Thematic Web

Now let’s take a look at another simple web. This web takes a thematic approach but still focuses on centers. The chosen theme is birds. Now I have to decide what I want to include in my centers to allow for further exploring of the theme.

In the web to the left,  I have added ideas to include in each center. Again this is a very basic example of webbing.

The purpose of webbing is to brainstorm ideas for your lesson plans. You can add more lines to each of the outside circles and at the end of each line, add more ideas.

Going off of this very basic web I would then choose the ideas I like best and transpose the chosen ideas into a lesson plan format.

Here is a basic lesson plan that I created from this simple web…

Webbing is for brainstorming ideas…

Grab a sheet of paper and draw a circle then start building your web of ideas. Your web can be simple or complex.

  • Webbing helps you build on a basic idea.
  • Webbing illustrates how each idea builds off another.
  • Webbing helps you think outside of the box.
  • Webbing helps you know where your lesson plans are weak and where they are strong.

Here are a few more basic webbing ideas for you to see how the core concept (middle circle) can be adjusted to meet the planning needs specific to your situation.

By |2010-05-01T08:00:27+00:00May 1st, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jenny May 2, 2010 at 4:41 am - Reply

    I think they are a great tool. I recently taught my 11 year old how to use them to brainstorm ideas for a project he was doing – a great skill to have.
    .-= Jenny´s last blog ..gardening with preschoolers =-.

  2. haydee November 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you for posting this. I am planning a bird unit for a college course. I had tons of ideas similar to yours but web helped to organize them into a cohesive format. Where do you get your web design from?

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 3, 2010 at 6:47 am - Reply

      Hi Haydee,
      I just make it myself in MS Word!

  3. knoni February 24, 2018 at 2:50 am - Reply

    is there a template for this

  4. ANNE MUNINI April 26, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    nice one have really got the concept of webbing.

  5. Michelline williams January 1, 2019 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah i will like help plz i was handed over a pre school to run but i do not have the help in teaxhing them certain things to get them ready for primary school an i will like your help

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