Preparing 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.
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 fluff.
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.
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.
The 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.
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