# Great Sub Plan Ideas

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Great Sub Plan Ideas

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), rwormeli@cox.net.
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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:
3 – Identify three characteristics of Renaissance art that differed from art of the Middle Ages

2 – List two important scientific debates that occurred during the Renaissance

1 – Provide one good reason why “rebirth” is an appropriate term to describe the Renaissance

3 – List three applications for slope, y-intercept knowledge in the professional world

2 – Identify two skills students must have in order to determine slope and y-intercept from a set of points on a plane

1 – If (x1, y1) are the coordinates of a point W in a plane, and (x2, y2) are the coordinates of a different point Y, then the slope of line WY is what?

3 – Identify at least three differences between acids and bases

2 – List two uses of acids and two uses of bases

1 – State one reason why knowledge of acids and bases is important to citizens in our community

## Backwards Summaries

Make the web from which this paragraph came.”

Here’s the completed math solution. What would happen if I had never considered the absolute value of x?”

Here’s the final French translation of this sentence. What if I had not checked the tense of each verb?”

Here’s a well done concerto. What happens if I remove the oboe’s eight measures on page 4?”

Here’s a well-done lab procedure. What happens if I don’t use distilled water?”

Build a Model
Imagine the summarization and interaction that results from building models of the following principles and concepts:

• Checks and balances of the United States government

• Molecules and particular bonds

• Photosynthesis

• Levers and pulleys

• Parabolas and trajectories for missiles

• The Globe Theater

• Cellular Respiration

• Persuasive essays

• War strategies

• Population increases during heavy times of immigration and the subsequent drain on resources

• Erosion

• Pythagorean Theorem

• Pascal’s Triangle

• Boyle’s Law

• Poetic Rhyming Patterns

• Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle

• Proportions

• Velocity = Time divided by distance

• Symbolic portrayals of systems of government

• Latitude and Longitude
• Terrariums of specific biomes

• Metabolism

• The immune system

• Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

• Geometric progressions

• Sets and subsets of ideas

• Slope and y-intercept

• Computer programming, flow charts

• Conversations and human interactions

Example: