Any teacher in every classroom from all schools knows one thing...Sub plans
suck can be a challenge! Whether you need a sub for one week, one day, or even one hour, planning for a substitute teacher can take hours upon hours. For years we've wished we could just take a sub day and walk away!
After years of convincing ourselves we weren't as sick as we felt and heading on in, or traipsing into class in the wee hours of the morning when it was still dark because being sick was in for the win, we got smart. We created a sub tub that would live in our classroom permanently and anyone at anytime could pick it up and teach our class. Creating our sub tub was the best thing we could've done. Hands down!
With enough activities to last them a week, a day or even an hour our Sub Tub activities give us the power...to take a sub day and walk away!
To be perfectly honest, we want our classroom to run as smoothly as possible in our time away because we all know if it doesn't we will be the ones to pay! So putting together a sub tub with everything our substitute teachers need to run our classroom was a top priority. Our sub tub has hanging files inside of it with labels that list the times of day each activity takes place. Here's a peek at what we keep inside our class sub tub.
We always keep a stash of sticky student name tags printed on address labels in our Sub Tub. We use these for everything in our classroom, so printing a few extra sets for subs was no problem. Some subs appreciate the name tags while others are great with learning names on the fly. Either way the name tags are there if they need them to get by.
Sticker Boards for the Classroom is our go to classroom management with substitute teachers. Each of our students keeps a sticker board in their desks all year long. They earn stickers for all sorts of positive behaviors and sub days are no exception. We encourage our subs to throw stickers around like candy. Whatever works!
Of course if you don't use Sticker Boards (Even though you totally should!), leaving a stash of stickers in your Sub Tub works great too!
You can grab these Super Sub Slips for free.
Every school day starts the same with our daily seat work activity. Our seat work activity on sub days is always Listen Up. These activities set the stage for success and promote consistent class expectations out the gates. We expect our students to listen to the substitute teacher and we want our substitute teacher to see they are capable of listening to them.
The rest of our day is broken into time periods that coordinate with our class schedule. For those times, we love leaving one of our Booktivities.
Literally, we leave a book and activities for the taking and walk away. It's so easy!
We've just completely revamped our Miss Nelson is Missing Sub Tub Booktities. Now with over 120 pages, including color and black and white print options, lesson plan cards for easy implementation and tons of activities to keep your class busy during your days away!
Miss Nelson is Missing Sub Tub Booktivities-Sentence Scramble Activities
-"Studying the Story" Retelling Activities
-Syllable Sorting Activities
-Word Detectives Activities (Nouns, verbs, adjectives)
-Word Building Activities
-Written Response Printables
-Class Tally Time Math Activity
-Who’s Missing Hundreds Grid Activities
-Miss Nelson Math
-Miss Nelson Number Stories
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