Secondary Sub Plans

Ugh... we've all been there! You wake up in the morning and realized you're not going to make it in to school. I know I've dragged myself in to school on many days (when I really should have stayed home!) because the thought of coming up with a plan for the day can seem overwhelming!




Here's a fun linky to collect some ideas from other Secondary teachers to have on hand.  Thanks again to ELA Buffet and Desktop Learning Adventures for organizing all of us!

Here are a few ideas I have for last minute ELA plans:

Here's a FREE and fun writing activity that can be used just about any time during the year in an ELA, Social Studies or Science classroom.  Students must create the front page of a newspaper to practice expository writing.  Includes assignment sheet, graphic organizers and a marking rubric!

In the middle of a novel study?  Adapt it to be about an event in the novel!
Why not have your students write about an important historical event?
Teaching science?  Students could write a news article to summarize a current topic!

Great review for writing, editing and more!  Just click the image above to grab a copy!

Another handy pack to have on hand is my Poetry Package!  It includes 7 individual poetry activities that students could easily work on with a substitute teacher.  Each activity includes everything needed to get started right away and is "print and go" ready!

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16 comments

  1. What fun activities! If I taught ELA, these would definitely go into my sub folder (although I'm not sure if I'd want to waste them on a sub...!).

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  2. I agree with History Gal- These look like great fun! Thanks for sharing, Addie! BTW, I LOVE your avatar and blog header!

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  3. Yes, your avatar is the best! You activities not only easy to use for the sub, but also engaging for the kids. Win-win!

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  4. Writing activities that teachers can adapt to any type of text are so very important. This one is definitely material for teachers bag of tricks as well as their sub folders, as it the poetry bundle.

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  5. Writing activities that teachers can adapt to any type of text are so very important. This one is definitely material for teachers bag of tricks as well as their sub folders, as it the poetry bundle.

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  7. I like all of your ideas, but the Poetry Activity Bundle is especially appealing. If I were your sub, I would be excited to teach it to your classes.

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  8. Love your Poetry Writing idea! I could have written poetry all day every day, so it would be the perfect sub plan for me!

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  10. Students will enjoy these activities

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  11. Great ideas to keep in your arsenal for those emergencies!

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  12. I love the idea of creating a front page for a newspaper. I'll be adding this to my science sub folder! Thanks!

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  13. I also like the newspaper idea - I think my middle schoolers would like to tell all about how they view the "issues" at school. :)

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  14. I'll definitely be sharing this idea with my science teacher friends who are always looking for successful ideas for their emergency sub folders. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Your newspaper idea is brilliant, and usable in so many different classrooms. Nice job!

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