Sub Plans- Ready for an emergency

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.

frustrated teacherHave 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.

Sub Plans

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 time saver. I even have it set up for two days of activities in case I am out more than one day.

day 1 sub plans        day 2 sub plans

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.There is a 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 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.

day 1 of sub plans

day 2 of sub plansIf you would like to buy it or read more about it you can check it out at my TPT store by clicking on the picture below.

the true story of three pigs_Page_01If you would like to try out one of the activities for free click the picture below to download it. Let me know what you think about the activity.

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Sub Tub- Click, Clack, Moo

Do you have a sub tub? What do you do if you have to be out for an emergency and you don’t have plans ready for a sub? Everybody needs to have an emergency plan in case you can’t make it to school to get ready for a substitute. Our school makes us have a day’s worth of work and substitute information on hand in case we can’t make it to school.

What would you need in a sub tub? Well you could put old worksheets that you didn’t do from over the years. That doesn’t sound very fun for the substitute or the kids. I have created sub tubs that our grade level has used for several years.

I used one of our favorite stories, “Click, Clack,  Moo Cows That Type” by Doreen Cronin and created Substitute Lesson Plans for Click Clack Moo Cows that Type.

click clack moo sub tubI have created  7 activities to go along with the book. There is a vocabulary review lesson that goes over the words with the students before the story is read. The word and the definition are attached. There is also a sequencing activity that can be done after the teacher has read the story to the students.  I have also made a writing activity and ABC order lesson.

Click Clack moo lessonThere are math activities that go along with the farm theme. There is an odd or even worksheet and a farm animal graphing lesson. If you would like to try out this lesson you can download it for free at my store.

click clack moo graphThere is  a fun cow craft that you can do with construction paper, scissors, glue and the cow head worksheet.

click clack sub tub_Page_21All you have to do with these substitute lesson plans is make enough copies of all of the activities and get some construction paper and you have a full day’s lesson for a substitute. Make sure to add in other information that your substitute will need such as, your schedule and any other important information. It has been really helpful for my team in the past. Most of all, the kids love the book and activities.

I have also created substitute lesson plans for “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett.

cloudy with a chance of meatballs sub unitStop by and let me know what you think. What do you use in your class for emergency substitute plans?


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