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Emergency Sub Plans for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade

This printable and digital emergency sub plans bundle includes all of the materials from these 5 grade level resources: 1st grade sub plans, 2nd grade sub plans, 3rd grade sub plans, 4th grade sub plans, and 5th grade sub plans. It is ideal for multi-age teachers, special education teachers and reading teachers who service several classes and grade levels. It is also great for teachers who want to differentiate within their classroom or be prepared for the future if they ever change grade levels.

These no prep, print-and-go and digital activities make it so much easier for teachers to be absent! Having a collection of reusable activities for math, reading, writing, word study and science that can be done at any time in the school year will give you peace of mind knowing that everything is ready when you need it… Even if that is unexpectedly at 4 a.m.! You’ll only need to add a book of your choice (or link to a book being read aloud), dice (for some of the math games), and a pencil. Setting up emergency sub plans doesn’t get easier than this!

I used to hate writing sub plans whenever I took a sick day. Thankfully I just got this bundle of sub plans that are little to no prep. It includes graphic organizers, worksheets and activities you can leave again and again making classroom management easy for a substitute teacher. The directions are clear and easy to understand. Every teacher should have this resource! #teachertips #subplans #sickday

The Problems These Emergency Sub Plans Solve

Have you ever gone to school sick because it was easier than putting together substitute lesson plans? Have you ever not enjoyed a personal day because so much time and stress was put into preparing for being out of the classroom? This resource changes that!

How These Substitute Teacher Activities Will Help Your Students

  • The substitute teacher activities are fun so students will be engaged in their learning.
  • Each activity has clear directions on it, so the students will know what to do.
  • Because the resources can be used multiple times, your students become familiar with the expectations of each task which decreases student anxiety and potential behavioral issues in your absence.
  • Each activity is purposeful so the students will have meaningful learning while you are out.
  • Your substitute will have organized sub plans which will equip them with what they need to make it a smooth day for your students.
I just got the best resource from The Clutter-free Classroom! It is a whole bundle of lessons and activities to leave as sub plans. There are games and worksheets for math, writing, and reading. Directions are included on everything making it easy for students and a substitute to understand. This will be awesome the next time I need a sick day. You should download this too! #elementaryteaching #sickday #subplans

How These Sub Plans Will Help You as a Teacher

  • Each activity has clear directions on it, so the students will know what to do. This will help the day go a lot smoother!
  • Because the resources can be used multiple times, your students become familiar with the expectations of each task which decreases student anxiety and potential behavioral issues in your absence.
  • Each activity is purposeful so students will have meaningful learning while you are out.

Why You Will Love These Activities for Substitute Teachers

  • The activities were specially designed in a way that allows you to use the same sheet over and over throughout the year.
  • This resource will save you tons of time! The No-Prep Design makes it quick and easy to assemble weeks worth of emergency lesson plans in a very short time.
  • When you or a family member is sick you can focus on what is truly important. You will no longer need to cough, sneeze, or wheeze your way through writing sub plans in the middle of the night.

How to Use These Sub Plans in Your Classroom

Simply prepare one or two weeks worth of emergency sub plans at the beginning of the year and you will be good to go! You’ll have peace of mind knowing that they are there if you ever need them.

This resource from The Clutter-free Classroom is seriously a life saver! There are so many writing, reading and math activities that will make writing sub plans so easy. Special education teachers and elementary teachers can leave these worksheets when they need to take a sick day. The best part is if you use this resource there is little to no prep! Download this resource to make your life so much easier! #sickday #subplans #teachertips

Why Teachers Like You Love These Emergency Lesson Plans

Check out these testimonials from teachers who’ve used it in their classrooms…

Words can’t even begin to describe how amazing this bundle is.  Even though I have been teaching for 6 years, I have been lucky in that I have only taken 3 sick days, and I have a co-teacher with me, so she just uses my usual lesson plans.  However, since I’m heading back to the states at the end of this year (I’m currently overseas), I knew I needed something to help me figure out my way around making sub plans, and I came across these.  I love how they are so easy to use across a variety of grade levels, and you could even use activities from multiple grades within the same class, if the situation calls for it.  Thank you so much for putting this together to make our lives much much easier!

– Sarah M.

Once again, you’ve thought of everything.  I can’t wait to put this together this summer so that I can go into the next school year confident that all my bases are covered when “life” happens.

– Theresa K.

I am a special education teacher and this is a dream come true for me!  This will make it so much easier when my children are sick and I have to miss work.  I am going to use the activities the first week of school as an example so when a sub is there the students will be familiar with it all.

– Naomi D.

This has been a total live saver for me. I appreciate all the hard work she put in. Emergency sub plans used to be an issue for me because I was always trying to plan for where I thought my students would be at the time. Now, I can set this up at the beginning of the year and be fine. TIME SAVER!!!!

– Brittany B.

As a substitute, this bundle brings me an extra sense of confidence in case the worst happens and I am left with a lack of materials.

– Laurette K.

The next time I need to take a sick day I am going to have no problem writing sub plans. I got this resource from The Clutter-free Classroom that is full of activities to leave for a sub. Many of them require no prep because they are simple enough to be used over and over. My students will love using the games, worksheets, and graphic organizers. You will want to check this resource out yourself! #substituteteacher #subplans #elementaryteaching

What is Included in these Sub Plans?

This emergency sub plans bundle was completely updated. It includes all 5 of my emergency sub plans packets for grades 1-5. The bundle is perfect for teachers who teach multi-age classes, are special educators or plan to switch grade levels in the future.

This bundle of substitute teacher plans resource includes everything found in the grades 1-5 individual packets. If you wake up sick and need substitute plans fast, then you can use the printable and digital plans included in this packet. Simply check off the boxes to show which activities you want the students to do. The plans include directions, mini-lesson ideas and images to show the activity.

The following activities for substitute teachers are included:

Reading Activities

  • Story Sequencing (Summarizing)
  • Character Traits / Sketch (Text-Based Evidence)
  • Setting
  • Design a New Book Cover (and Write a Blurb for the Back of the Book)
  • Story Vocabulary Hunt – (Quality Word Choices by the Author)
  • Use Quality Words from the Text in New Sentences
  • Problem and Solution
  • Question Generating

Word Study Activities

  • Noun Sort (with Alphabetical Order Practice)
  • I Spy Verbs (with Synonym Practice)
  • On the Lookout for Adjectives (with Synonym Practice)
  • Short Vowel (Spelling Pattern Practice with Extension)
  • Long Vowel Word Hunt (Spelling Pattern Practice with Extension)

Writing Activities

  • Plan, Write, & Illustrate (A Story Writing Process)
  • Writing Prompts Pages that Can Be Used Over and Over

Reusable Math Activities

  • Calendar Skills
  • Number of the Day
  • Roll, Record & Graph Multiplication Practice
  • Roll and Compare (>,<,= with 4-Digit Numbers)
  • Odd Snakes Multiplication Activities {2 versions: single or partner play}

Science Activities

  • Animals (Schema, Questions, Diagrams) – 3 Reusable Activities
  • Any Science Topic (Schema, Questions, Diagrams) – 3 Reusable Activities
  • Science Brainstorms

Editable Teacher Resources

  • Daily Schedule Sub Note
  • Note to Leave on Your Desk Nightly to Direct Sub to Materials
  • Info for a Sub at a Glance
Words can’t describe how wonderful this bundle from The Clutter-free Classroom is! I am never going to stress over writing sub plans again because I have a whole library of activities and worksheets to pull from. I think special education teachers could really benefit from these graphic organizers and games. This is an awesome resource to have in case there is ever an emergency and you need a substitute teacher. Don’t stress out about sub plans anymore! #subplans #teachertips #sickday
I used to hate writing sub plans whenever I took a sick day. Thankfully I just got this bundle of sub plans that are little to no prep. It includes graphic organizers, worksheets and activities you can leave again and again making classroom management easy for a substitute teacher. The directions are clear and easy to understand. Every teacher should have this resource! #teachertips #subplans #sickday

Here are some additional resources to help you create emergency sub plans for your elementary classroom…

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