These are suggested sub plan ideas for those looking for something to offer students in their absence that is substantive and results in learning, not just something that provides intellectual babysitting until your return. They are meant to be stand alone ideas, but they may require you to fill in the blank spaces with your curriculum. Feel free to photocopy, copy-and-paste, and share these ideas however you’d like.
‘Big suggestion for sub plans: Type out everything such as class lists, seating chart, school map, your teaching schedule, fire drill routes, class rules, etc. on your computer, then just print it off each time you need it for sub plans. Make sure to keep it up to date. Then, create a template of the class lesson plan and when you need to be out, you just insert the specific lessons plans for the day(s) into the template(s).
Note: Some of these ideas come from my book, Summarization in any Subject, ASCD, 2005.
‘Questions? Ways to improve the ideas? Pearls of Wisdom? Ideas you want to add? Let me know! -- Rick Wormeli, 703-620-2447 (Virginia, USA), firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 – 2 - 1 Ask students to read, view, or experience something then analyze it by recording 3 of something, 2 of something, and 1 of something. The “somethings” are up to you. Examples from three disciplines:
Students are given topics they are studying with five or more words associated with the topic next to them. One of the words, doesn’t fit, however, and students must figure out which one it is and write a rationale as to why it doesn’t fit.
Mixtures – plural, separable, dissolves, no formula