This bundled resource is intended to provide the classroom teacher with substitute teacher activities that can be ready to go and easily explained. This is perfect for your students when you don’t have time to write detailed sub plans! Included are activities for: morning work, reading, writing, math, and the end of the day! There is also a substitute teacher contract and an exit slip included as well!
Here is a brief description of each of the 12 resources that are included!
Reading Book Wall Activity
Have your students create a reading book wall in your classroom! Book walls can be a great way for students to show what books they have read throughout the school year. It can also be a great place for students to get ideas of books to read from their classmates.
Included in the Activity:
- Book Wall Half-Page Template (2 per page)
- Book Wall Full-Page Template (1-page)
- Book Wall Teacher Tips (2-pages)
- and two book wall examples!
Literature Circle Task Cards
Literature circles are a way to engage your students by having them take on the role of certain jobs (or tasks). The six tasks included in this product are Artful Artist, Character Captain, Discussion Director, Word Wizard, Passage Picker, and Clever Connector. Each task is on a card with the job description and requirements.
Included in the resource is:
-Literature Circle Task Cards (Color Version; 4-pages)
-Literature Circle Task Cards (Printer Friendly Version; 4-pages)
-Daily Job Chart (Color Version; 1-page)
-Daily Job Chart (Printer Friendly Version; 1-page)
Writing Breaking News Stories
The purpose of this activity is to engage your students by having them write their own “Breaking News” stories that may just shock the entire world. The Student Guideline handout will walk your students through the process of coming up with some far-fetched "Breaking News" stories where they have to include some actual facts also.
Included in this product is:
- Teacher Tips Handout (1-page)
- “Breaking News” Student Guidelines (1-page)
- “Breaking News” Computer Template (1-page)
- “Breaking News” Computer Example (1-page)
- “Breaking News” Newspaper Template (1-page)
- “Breaking News” Newspaper Example (1-page)
- “Breaking News” Grading Rubric (1-page)
Creative Writing Task Cards
This resource contains:
-50 creative writing task cards
-A grading rubric aligned to the CCSS
Some examples include:
-Create a song
-Imagine you were President
-Imagine you are an animal
-What if you could fly?
-Create a website
-And many, many more...
Math Extension Ideas
Here are six creative math extension ideas for you to use in your classroom when students are finished with their homework and are wondering what they should be doing. Each of the six choices is math-related so students will continue to be engaged in math.
The six extension ideas are:
Included in this resource are detailed descriptions of each extension choice in a fun, easy to read format.
Homonyms Fun Writing Activity
This is a fun fun writing activity to teach homonyms. This is a 3-page document that is intended to help students understand homonyms. The first part has students circling the correct homonym in a sentence such as "The captain of the ship stayed on (course, coarse)".
The second activity has students read a passage and circle the homonym mistakes.
The final part has students write a story using homonyms. Over 70 homonyms are included for your students to use. This document includes an answer key.
Morning Work Activities
Do your students struggle with that time in the morning when you are taking attendance, listening to students' stories, and getting them ready for the day? If so, this 10 slide Power Point is just the thing for you!
We have created this resource so each day of the week there is a relevant task the students have to do. Here are the daily choices:
-Monday Memories (journal writing)
-Wednesday's Words (famous quotes)
-Thinking Thursday (logic puzzles)
-Fact Friday (math fact practice).
Would You Rather School Edition
This activity is designed to help foster communication with your students in your classroom. These fun predicaments will have your students laughing or showing signs of disgust, but more importantly, critically thinking about their answer and being willing to defend it.
Included in this resource
-Teacher Tips Handout (1-page)
-7 different ways to use the game with descriptions
-Extension idea as well!
-30 “Would You Rather” Cards (6 per page)
Student Engagement: Frog Pond Activity
The purpose of this 5-10 minute activity is to engage your students in a game of concentration as students try to follow the route of the frog as it jumps from lily pad to lily pad in search of a meal.
Student Engagement: Three Clues Activity
The overall purpose of this activity is to increase student engagement by having students try to determine what is being described when given three clues.
Included in the resource:
-Teacher Tips Handout (2-pages)
-100 Clue Time Activity Cards (25-pages)
-1 Clue Time Cover Page
-3 Clue Time Activity Ideas
-Clue Time Answer Key (1-page)
-Clue Time Partner Bullseye Handout (1-page)
-Recording Sheet (4-pages)
-Recording Sheet Template (1-page)
Included in this resource is a contract that a student would sign in regard to behavior when a substitute is in the classroom. This is great for accountability for the students!
At the end of the day, the substitute can hand out these easy to use exit slips that students would fill out. It would provide you with a glimpse of how they day went and how each child behaved when you were gone!
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