Get the most bang for your buck by having your students write and complete a Book Summary and Review using this handy guide. Not only will it give your students multiple exposures to important reading standards, it will also keep them actively engaged for an extended period! Plus, once you've done it a few times together, students can complete it on their own. Or leave it along with any picture book for your sub to complete whole group in your emergency sub plans.
Imagine how much learning and thinking your students will be doing writing their own book summary and review!