Emergency! Red Alert! Are you going to be absent from your Grade 6-9 Math classroom for several days or a full school week+, don't have the time to plan for your absence, and in need of "printable/no prep" Middle School-level lessons for your substitute or for an emergency sub folder? Then look no further!
This is a teacher-friendly set designed to make any five+ days of absence from middle school math class a breeze for you to plan AND engaging for your Grade 6-9 students! These activities can be used individually, with partners, or in larger groups, and they require no special effort or skill for a sub to implement. You can be sure your middle school students will be busy working on age-appropriate and engaging math activities while you are gone, and isn’t that what we all want as teachers when planning an absence?
The bundle begins with twelve shorter problem-solving math tasks that can used as is (with two tasks on each photocopiable page), or cut up and used individually as task cards. Each task takes between 5-15 minutes (depending on student ability) and as a set they are designed to fill up two of the 45-minute class periods with very little or no teacher support.
For the third day, there are two options. One is a full 45-minute+ activity using cut-out tangrams to spell the letters of the alphabet. The other is comprised of two shorter lessons, one on "word/math" vocabulary and other a "signs and lines" problem solving activity.
The fourth day offers a choice of two fun problem solving activities, one on estimating facts about the "average American" and the other a "Bakers' Dozen of Mathematical Delights" based on moving and placing digits in the right place to form a predetermined answer. Use one or both activities on the fourth day.
Day five involves using a calculator to complete two different activities. As you know, every cell phone made now has a calculator built-in, and what middle schooler doesn't have one of those? Of course a set of normal calculators will also work perfectly well on the printable called "Calculator Challenges" and its partner, "Body Language: In the Money?" which is about the size and value of the chemicals that make up the human body.
Day six is the "Celebrity Math Game." In this fun activity your students will use a given formula and directions to calculate the day of the week that twelve famous celebrities were born on. At the end is a bonus activity "fun game" for early finishers too!
Please look at the preview to see a sample from this engaging resource! My advice would be to leave this entire collection behind and ready-to-go in an emergency sub folder for any unexpected absences.
Answer sheets are provided for the twelve shorter math tasks, the "signs and lines" activity, and the day four through six activities. The tangram and word/math vocabulary are creative and open-ended lessons with many possible answers.