This file includes a full day of activities for your sub teacher (which you may wish to incorporate in your own teaching practice as well)
Morning and afternoon large group “messages” for students to complete and for the sub teacher to use as “get acquainted” and “end of day wrap up” meetings. Each message should take from 30 to 45 minutes of class time.
Fiction and non-fiction Reader Response papers for students to write after they have read independently for 30 (or more) minutes. Students will record what they learned about plot, characters, setting, and new words whether they read one or two chapters or the entire book. Non-fiction readers will record important facts and new words. They also have a place to rate the reading with 4?’s (4 = great...1 = yuk) These reader response papers provide the opportunity for small group or large group sharing upon completion.
Writing and social studies are combined. Students individually or in pairs will imagine and draw a TIME MACHINE and then determine its destination in time and place. When the time machine is ready to fly, students will respond to questions related to the clothing, topography, shelters, education, diet, and transportation systems of their imagined destination.
Students will learn 24 different modes of transportation (from jet skis to gondolas) using flashcards for bingo, Pictionary,and/ or charades. Scripts for each game are provided for your sub teacher. In addition are vocabulary worksheets to practice dictionary and cursive handwriting skills.
The math activity provides practice with adding, subtracting, and multiplying whole numbers while coloring parts of a semi-truck. Students will measure and calculate distances between major USA
cities as their semi truck “hits the road.”
Added 1/29/13: Skills builder page to practice 4th grade level math and language arts core standard skills.
Added 7/17/2013: reading comprehension on transportation and the wheel; graphic organizer for writing a report on favorite mode of transportation; venn diagram for comparing/contrasting modes of transportation.
Schedule at a glance:
45 minutes - morning message
60 minutes - independent reading and reader’s response time
90 minutes - social studies/writing
45 minutes - math
45 minutes - afternoon message
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