A wise teacher knows to expect the unexpected. Sick days. Quarantine. Mental health days. Chances are you may need to take a day away from the classroom this year! Be prepared for the unexpected and take the stress out of substitute lesson prep with these ideas for emergency sub plans for 1st and 2nd grade!
Ready to Go Sub Plans
Many administrators are requiring teachers to have at least two weeks of substitute teacher plans ready for this year. Lucky Little Learners is here to help! We have prepared a full month’s worth of 2nd grade plans, and 2 weeks worth for 1st grade! These digital sub plans are great for in-person learning on individual student devices, and can also be used for remote learning.
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Create a Sub Tub
A Sub Tub is a hanging file folder crate or tub that has everything a substitute teacher will need for the day. Put it in a place that is easy to find in your classroom.
What to Put in the Sub Tub
Substitute Teacher Binder with essential information:
Leave a Note for the Class
Some students may be upset or surprised by your absence – and that’s OK! Have a pre-written note ready for the class for the substitute teacher to read to let the students know you are thinking of them.
“I am so sad I can’t be with you today for another fun day of learning in ___ Grade! I know you are all going to have a great day with (substitute teacher’s name). Be sure to show (sub’s name) how kind, thoughtful, and smart you are! Even thought I’m not here today, (sub’s name) is going to tell me all the wonderful things you did today – I can’t wait to hear all about it. I’m thinking about you and can’t wait to be back with you all soon!”
Love, (your name)
Helper of the Day
Do you have a student who is a little future teacher? The student knows the classroom rules and schedules inside and out? Leave a note for the substitute teacher with a list of students who can be super helpers of the day.
“Anytime” Lessons folder
Some days there’s just not enough time to fit in all the awesome lessons you have planned! Don’t toss those papers and activities – put them in the Anytime Lessons folder. Clip a lesson outline and the materials needed for the activity, and place them in a hanging file folder. Revisit these lessons when you have time, or let a sub pull from the bin to fill gaps in the day. These should be activities that revisit learned skills, and make a great review for all learners! Grab a free week of daily math review in the banner at the top of this post!
Communicate with the Substitute Teacher
Create a space in the sub binder for the substitute teacher to leave detailed notes about that day. This “Notes from the Sub” freebie download is a big help! How did the day go? Were there any issues that need to be addressed? What activities were a success? Knowing how the day went can help you readjust your plans for when you return to the classroom.
Meeting students’ needs is important, but it is essential to take care of yourself, too! Read these tips from our amazing group of teachers in the Lucky Teacher Facebook Groups!
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Have you tried our Digital Emergency Sub Plans? How do YOU prepare for a substitute teacher in the classroom? Tell us in the comments below!
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