Your alarm goes off at 5:30 am. You have been up all night with your 3-year-old daughter because she has been throwing up all night. You are worn out and your daughter is laying on top of you in your bed because you haven’t changed her sheets yet. You can’t send her to daycare sick so you call in for a sub and go back to sleep. Wait! That’s not what happens. Let’s try the scenario again.
Your alarm goes off at 5:30 am. You peel your sick daughter off of you and wake up your husband (who had no idea what was going on). You tell him you have to go to school to get ready for a substitute because you have to stay home today. “Watch our daughter while I’m gone and I’ll be back as soon as I can.” You put the clothes you had on yesterday and head to school. You get into your room and have no idea what you are going to leave for the sub. You stare at the your plans and realize there is nothing you can leave for the substitute to do.
Have you been in this situation before? I know I have. Well I have a solution for you. Invest in a sub tub. This is a folder or a tub you have ready for emergencies. Inside the tub are activities that can be done with the class in case of an emergency. All you have to do is call a teammate to go in your classroom and put the sub tub on your desk and you are done.
It does take some preplanning on your part but, it is definitely worth it in the long run. I have used these before in my room and my teammates have been using these for the past 8 years in their rooms. It is a huge timesaver. I even have it set up for two days of activities in case I am out more than one day.
These are examples of what my 2 days of plans look like. I have all the materials needed for the 2 days in a container with the directions and activities attached to that day’s plans. I have my class list, schedule, and any other important notes that I normally leave for a sub.
I have made several sub tubs with my favorite classroom books. My newest sub tub goes along with the book “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka.
I just love this story! I have made sub plans for the upper grades that can be used for 2 days with this one book. Here is a preview of what is in the sub plans.