Emergency Sub Plans for 3rd & 4th Grade: Ready-to-use yearlong bundle

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If you're a teacher, then you know that sub plans are the bane of your existence. They take hours to plan and can be difficult to access on the fly when a colleague calls in sick. That's why I created these emergency sub plans for 3rd grade and 4th grade teachers who want to feel confident they're prepared for an unexpected sick day. This 12-month emergency sub plan bundle is packed with print & use plans that correspond with seasonal themes - perfect for your sub binder or those last-minute absences!

This growing bundle of third and fourth grade emergency sub plans offers an all-in-one solution to substitute planning without requiring hours of prep work every month. You’ll find detailed plans for math, reading, writing, science, social studies, and more in each month’s print & use pack.  

If you’ve ever stressed about sub plans, here’s a solution that will take one thing off your already full plate this year. You work hard enough already! When you are sick, work should be the last thing on your mind!

Your download will include: 

✔ Emergency sub plan sets for all 12 months

✔ 2 sets of bonus plans for anytime 

  • space theme
  • animal theme

This Third & Fourth Grade Sub Plan Bundle includes:

1) Lesson plans & standards-aligned activities for core academic areas 

  • Activities and pre-written plans for reading, writing, math, science/social studies, and more! 
  • Step-by-step lesson plans support teachers & engage learners
  • Includes activities and ideas for early finishers to support a smooth day
  • Approachable, engaging activities include opportunities to work individually, with partners, and in small groups. 
  • More than enough materials to extend across multiple days, depending on your class

2) Seasonally themed monthly materials for each month 

  • A pre-selected read aloud (including digital access for those without the text) with related comprehension foldable activities
  • Engaging step-by-step writing project connected to the day’s reading activities
  • Skill-based math activities & printables 
  • Optional math games & activities for math centers or early finishers
  • Seasonally relevant science & social studies passages with comprehension questions.
  • Easy-to-prep STEM challenge and Engineer Journal

3) Teacher Support Materials

  • Quick prep checklist helps you get the plans & materials together in less time
  • Links to digital access for must-have books to simplify last-minute prep
  • Copy + Paste lesson plans can easily be added to your own template and aligned with your class schedule
  • Includes links to related videos and technology for lesson extension ideas
  • Answer keys for easy grading & to support new subs as they work with students
  • Optional access to a fillable sub binder to help get you organized! 


Monthly Topics & Read Aloud Texts included in this bundle: 


  • Read Aloud: Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall
  • Science/SS Topics: The Legend of Johnny Appleseed & Branches of Government


  • Read Aloud: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • Science/SS Topics: Pumpkin Lifecycles & The History of Scarecrows


  • Read Aloud: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
  • Science/SS Topics: Voting in Elections & Thanksgiving Past and Present


  • Read Aloud: Snowmen at Night or Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
  • Science/SS Topics: Winter Weather & Staying Healthy


  • Read Aloud: The Snowy Day  by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Science/SS Topics: Snowflake Bently Biography & Martin Luther King Biography


  • Read Aloud: Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
  • Science/SS Topics: The History of the Post Office & Ruby Bridges


  • Read Aloud: Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream by Crystal Hubbard
  • Science/SS Topics: Women's History & Water Conservation


  • Read Aloud: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Science/SS Topics: Earth Day & Forms of Energy


  • Read Aloud: Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
  • Science/SS Topics: Mother's Day & Memorial Day


  • Read Aloud: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Science/SS Topics: Father's Day & Flag Day


  • Read Aloud: Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
  • Science/SS Topics: Summer Activities & Why Schools Close for Summer


  • Read Aloud: Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  • Science/SS Topics: Nutrition & Year-Round School

BONUS: Two Theme-based Sub Plan Sets for Any Month


  • Read Aloud: Space Case by Edward Munsch & When I Went to the Moon by
  • Science/SS Topic: Pollution in Space


  • Read Aloud: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • Science/SS Topics: Careers Working with Animals


How Emergency Sub Plans from Differentiated Teaching Work...

▸ Buy the bundle to prepare in advance or print the plans as you need them! 

▸ Simple 2-step prep...Copy and paste the plans into your template, add the printables, and you’re set! 

▸ The easy-to-follow step-by-step lesson format means even a new sub can have a great day! 

▸ Engaging activities reinforce skills taught in class without overwhelming learners

Here's why teachers say about these sub plans...

♥  “Best product ever! It so nice to know that when you are sick you don't have to make plans. The stories usually can be found on you-tube for a digital read-aloud. I didn't use the science best it seems a bit busy for subs but if you think it will go over in your class it is great. - Megan T.

“I am so glad I purchased this resource! It is a great time saver and easy to use when you are needing a sub last minute. So many great assignments and activities in here...Plus, it's month to month, which is super helpful and organized!” - Emily A.

“OMG!  Where have you been my whole life?  Including the lesson plans with these is going to be a life-saver!!!  I'm actually looking forward to being sick!” - Helen M.

“If I could give this product an A++ rating I would. It is a lifesaver!!! It is nice to have plans already written and planned out. Thank you for all the time and effort you took to make this, it is a WONDERFUL resource!!!” - Ellie Y.

“SO WORTH IT! You NEED to buy this NOW! Has made my life way easier and stress-free when I need to have a sub! The plans are amazing and perfect for any classroom” - Em A. 


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