for a sub is one of my least favorite things to do. I hate waking up at 2am,
feeling sick, and thinking please don’t
let me be sick. I can’t write sub plans right now.
else? It’s the WORST!
year I decided to plan ahead, and I’ve had so many questions about it that I’m
dedicating this post to sharing how I plan for a sub without losing my mind.
I’m going to share with you the contents of my sub binder, as well as what I
put in my sub tub. Plus, I’ll have a free download for you at the end of this
my sub binder, I used a ½ inch sized binder to house all of my
information. I organize it into 4 sections: About Our School, About Our Class,
Lesson Plans, & Class Forms. My sub tub is a 20-quart Sterilite container ($6.99) from Target. For my copies, I used colored expandable file folders (affiliate link) that
you can find using my Amazon link or in most office supply stores.
The “Lesson Plans” section is where I get the most questions. At my school, we don’t
have to turn in our lesson plans (thank goodness), so simply leaving my plans
for the sub is easier said than done. In my lesson plans section, I give a rundown/schedule
for the day that is good for the ENTIRE year. I give all of the times that we
do everything so routines stay the same. However, instead of detailing what
to do for the reading lesson for the day, I let my sub choose a read aloud and
corresponding activity from my sub tub that they are comfortable using.
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No, it’s not
My sub tub is full of engaging read alouds that I know my students will love,
as well as activities that are standards based. I don’t want my sub introducing
a new concept, so most of the activities are review. There are certain skills
that my students can work on all year, so those are the types of activities I
include. They are not all just
worksheets. I include task cards, craftivities, and math games that are
no-prep. I love adding some of my no-prep math games for addition and
subtraction in my sub tub.
This year, after I chose all of the activities I
wanted to put in my sub tub, I saved it for my Thursday volunteer to copy for
me… yeah, she
pretty much organized everything I gave her and put it in my tub for me.
At the end of my lesson plans, I write that if there is an assembly or special
event for the day, someone from my grade level will let them know what time and
where to be. I tell them that they may adjust the daily schedule and activities
I have listed as they see fit. I also add daily reflection sheets for my sub so
they can write a quick note to me about how the day went.
In the “About Our School” section, I give all of the basic information about my school: address, school start/end times, important phone extensions, and emergency procedures.
last section of my binder is for “Class Forms.” In this section, I leave a
bunch of class lists for attendance and anything else a sub might want the
class list for.
hope you all found some helpful ideas and tips as you put together plans for
your sub binder and sub tub! It really is SO worth your time! You can snag the
signs for your sub tub for free by clicking the image below, and if you’re in need of a sub binder,
here’s the LINK to mine!
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