UPDATED AND EXPANDED JUNE 2015! Are you going to be absent from your Grade 6-9 Math classroom for several days, a full week, or even two weeks, and don't have the time to plan for your absence? Are you in need of a full set of "printable/no prep" Middle School-level lessons and activities for your substitute or for an emergency sub folder? Most importantly, are you tired of the last-minute scramble to find meaningful and appealing sub work for your math class when you feel really sick? Then eliminate that stress now!
This is a teacher and student-friendly collection designed to make any five-ten days of absence from middle school math class a breeze for you to plan AND educational and motivating for your Grade 6-9 students!
Each of these EIGHTEEN engaging activities can be used individually, with partners, or in larger groups, and they require no special effort or skill for a sub to implement. Each resource takes between 20-60 minutes to complete, depending on student ability.
I have included EIGHTEEN different lengthy activities/printables in this bundle because we all have our own preferences as teachers when we are absent. This collection gives you the ability to pick and choose exactly what works best for you depending on what your class is currently learning, their ability level, or based on what they have just finished studying. There are also plenty of "just plain fun" math printables in that can be used at any time of the school year!
You can be sure your middle school students will be busy working on age-appropriate and captivating math activities AND reviewing their basic skills while you are gone, and isn’t that what we all want as teachers when planning an absence? The collection includes:
Introduction and Suggestions for Use
Printable No Prep Lesson: Math Task Cards #1-12
Printable No Prep Lesson: Money Words Math
Printable No Prep Lesson: Tangram Alphabet Building
Printable No Prep Lesson: Signs and Lines Puzzle
Printable No Prep Lesson: Estimation Fun
Printable No Prep Lesson: Baker’s Dozen of Mathematical Delights
Printable No Prep Lesson: Calculator Challenges
Printable No Prep Lesson: Body Language Math
Printable No Prep Lesson: The Celebrity Math Game
Printable No Prep Lesson: Build a Picture Math #1-3
Printable No Prep Lesson: Hundred’s Chart Mystery
Printable No Prep Lesson: Cross the Board Multiplication Game
Printable No Prep Lesson: Arrow Math
Printable No Prep Lesson: The Dart Gallery
Printable No Prep Lesson: Crazy Ruler Math
Printable No Prep Lesson: Build a Math Picture #4
Printable No Prep Lesson: Face It! (Faces, Vertices, Edges)
Printable No Prep Lesson: The Fives Number Mystery
Please look at the Preview to see samples from this resource! My advice would be to leave this entire collection behind and ready-to-go in an emergency sub folder for any unexpected absences. Further, I always leave a photocopied class set of my favorite printable in the top desk drawer in case I have to call in sick from home in the morning!
Full answers are provided for all resources (except for a few of the activities with open-ended questions).