Planning for a Sub

Planning for a sub is a lot of work, y'all!  That's why I am hardly EVER absent, because it's almost not even worth the amount of planning that you have to do for when you are out!  But, today I want to show you how I got things organized for my Emergency Sub Tub.  This is for those days when you absolutely can't make it to work, and you can't plan in advance.  

First, I continue adding charts around the room that will help my kids remember the things we talk about without me having to remind them.  Today we made this chart...

After I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make one, too!  Maybe, just maybe, it will help my sub out one day!

Thanks to Rachelle, putting together my Sub Tub was super easy and it turned out cute if Idosaysomyself!  This tub is placed right next to my classroom sink, and I have showed my coworkers where it is just in case it ever needs to be used!
 Here's a little peek inside...
Behind each tab/divider, I have lessons with books and worksheets.
 I have the worksheets already copied so that they don't have to worry about how to use the machines on campus.  I also put several options for each subject so that they can decide what they want to do with my class.
 When choosing worksheets, I tried to find ones that:
1.  My kids could do independently
2.  Would take enough time (so I included lots color by code ones)
3.  Were self explanatory

After I organized all of my worksheets, class list, schedule, important info about my class, sub notes, etc., I put together a very detailed plan for the sub.  I tried to include everything that I could think of, and I made it general with the lesson plans.

You can view it {HERE}.  This isn't meant to be reused, but a guide if you want to make something similar.  I have blacked-out students' names :)


 


 Although it took me about 2-3 hours to compile everything I needed for my Emergency Sub Tub, I know it is well worth it.  If I'm ever sick, I will be thankful that this is ready to go!  Now, I just have to tackle those long-term sub plans for when I go pick up my sweet daughter!  

Now, onto something fun!  I want to introduce you to the cutest little word monsters around!  I received these little guys from Educational Insights this summer.
 We don't have many words yet, but we are using him to help us point to words on the word wall.  We also open up his mouth to spell the words!
 And, the other guy points to our spelling words!
 My kids absolutely LOVE our monster stick puppets, and I am sure yours will too!  


102 comments:

Casey Turner said...

I would use the stick puppets to help my friends practice social skills. :)

Casey
secondgrademathmaniac@yahoo.com
Second Grade Math Maniac: Pencil Sharpener Giveaway!

alawson said...

These would be great to use when students are sharing, which will help with listening and speaking skills!

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Special Teacher for Special Kids said...

I would use these puppets as monitors for my special needs students. The puppets will watch the students work and then the student will get to have him at their table to finish the work.


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:o) V.
Special Teacher for Special Kids


MikesMom said...

We had our 1st day of PreK today and some of the children are very shy. These would be a good tool for them to use to help them open up to their peers.
Joanne
jkmatuch@aol.com

thepolkadotowl said...

Loving the sub tub!! :) Love, love these monster stick puppets. They are so cute!!! I would love to use them for the kids to read big books. They are awesome! :)

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See Me Teach said...

I would use these at my word wall/big book center for students to point out words.
:)
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Bridget Morrow said...

I would love to use these with our Kinder special needs Autistic kids! They could use them to help with expressing needs by using a certain color of frog for certain needs! We could also use them for write the room! I found your blog and even though I teach Kinder it has been especially helpful!
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Courtney said...

Those puppets are so stinkin' cute!! I would use the for a variety of things.. Spelling, calendar.. Umm, everything!

courtni_con@hotmail.com

Miss T said...

First, bless you for having a sub tub and those sub rules!

Second, those sticks are adorable!

I'd use it for word walls and big books and maybe my 'substitute helper of the day' too.

ttlusty07@yahoo.com

Journey of a Substitute Teacher
and
Endless Pinabilities!

Nicole Shelby said...

I would use the stick puppets as a way to review essential vocabulary on my word wall. The kids would love the monsters and it would seem more like a game than a review.

Thanks so much! I really hope I win! ;)

Nicole
nicoleshelby@hotmail.com

Cristina said...

Love these frogs and your page! I have taught first grade for so long, it was great to get ideas from you for teaching second grade. I would use the frog for our own word wall. it would be extra fun to use that during our writing/reading.

Thanks,
Cristina
clukanc@hotmail.com

Amber O. said...

These would be great to use with nonsense ("alien") words! They kinda look like aliens, don't ya think? Putting them in a Word Work center to "eat" the nonsense words might be a fun way to use them in my room!
geteacher@hotmail.com
SynonymRolls&AntonymMoments

Rachel said...

Love the puppets! That would really help capture the students' attention. I would use one when reviewing important vocabulary words.

Rachel
adpi@hotmail.com

Elizabeth said...

The puppets are precious! I'd use them with place value (goggling up the larger number). I love the sub tub and so excited about you picking up your sweet daughter and needing long term sub :)

Elizabeth
Fun in Room 4B

Deb said...

How stinkin adorable are those! I'd use them with my word wall, for the kids to read the room, and maybe even as a "talking stick" in small groups!

Deb
luv2teach77@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the tips! Kah224@yahoo.com

clove said...

I would use these to help my kids practice Spelling and Fundation words.

Tcher7741@aol.com

Kristen Breeding said...

I love the stick puppets! I would use them to help read our morning message and to review our word wall and math wall. They are a fun change to the ordinary pointers!

Ash said...

I love these! I would use them as a sharing stick and people would have to wait to speak until they had a puppet stick.

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Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

Ashley Ortega said...

I just got switched from 2nd grade to 1st grade and these would be perfect for doing calendar time!

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SC Teacher 28 said...

I would love to have these stick monsters to use during our read the room center time.

Joni
KinderKids Fun
jegalford3406@gmail.com

Teaching Joys said...

I could use these for SO MANY things! During phonics time for sounding out words and word wall work and nonsense words! Love these!

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Teaching Joys

Michelle said...

Love these! I would use these for work with our word wall and when we are reviewing anchor charts. :)

Michelle
cmbberry@yahoo.com

Laura said...

I would use them to nip at non-workers...ummm I mean to kiss the little cheeks of those sweet little, hard-working pumpkins! (giggle!)

Jenhilton said...

I would love to use them to "eat" our tired words such as "like" and "said."

Karyn said...

I would use the puppets as talking sticks during morning meeting (i.e., the person with the puppet gets to talk).

œKaryn
A is for Apple B is for Blog
Kideducator@comcast.net

Liz said...

I would love them so students could practice their sight words by having them eat words they already know or using as a fancy pointer!
Liz
Teaching in the Valley

Dana Clark said...

I would use them with my morning routine with my firsties!! How fun!

Dlaltman23@yahoo.com

Mrs. Sutherland said...

I would use these as part of our daily calendar! We are always point out days of the week and talking about important upcoming events and I think these would really spice it up a little :)

hollyw_20@hotmail.com

Katie Knight said...

He would help me sound out words (during blending)by looking at each letter and then whispering into my ear the correct sound. I would share his responses with the class. Of course, when he makes a mistake we will lovingly correct him.

Lisa R. said...

Love this!! I would use these for students to review sight words from the word wall. :)
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure
fsuteach81@yahoo.com

Nessa said...

I would use the stick puppets for write the room, pointing at the whiteboard, whoever holds the stick gets to talk... lots of things! They are adorable!

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Thanks!
Nessa

Mrs. Anderson said...

I would use them as pointers as we read our Daily News.
Connie Anderson:)
www.welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspo.com
email: matya105@aol.com

Renee S said...

They would be great for my Morning Meeting! We do a friendly greeting every morning and they could help demonstrate!

Renee
mini_re13@hotmail.com
The Reading Corner

ChelleBell said...

I love the idea of using them for word walls! I would also use them for practicing speaking/listening activities.

Mrs. Yazzie's Classroom News said...

Goodness, I think the stick puppets would be great fun for lots of activities, but probably the most common uses I'd use them for is: with my big book station as "reading finger," as a sort of a "talking stick" during class discussions, and to review our focus wall (sight words, robust vocabulary, spelling words, etc.)

Chris
cryazzienj@yahoo.com

Kim said...

I am moving from 5th grade to 2nd grade next week and I'm sure my new class of kids would love to use these cute guys to read the room during work stations or practice spelling words with partners.

My name is: Kim
my email is: ufcrazy@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have a fluency center where my students buddy read big books. They would love it!!

Jalemoyne@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would use for reading around the room. The animals could "read" what words the kids found. I could also use for role playing during my character ed lessons.

apapet618@hotmail.com

shan19 said...

I would use them for my word wall and focus wall. I would also use them for big books and the working with words centers.

shanolsen@aol.com

Cathy Irwin said...

I am definitely envisioning a super cute literacy station using them to find words and sounds!

Cathy I.
mrsirwinsclass@gmail.com
Mrs. I's Class

Anonymous said...

So many great uses!
Word wall, point out
vocab on Activboard.
What about in drama activities
or for fluency by
"reading" in the
voice of the puppet.
Super cute and thanks
for the great tips
and freebies!
My name is Kathy
kyuill@gmail.com

Kelly said...

Thanks for the sub tub ideas. That reminds me that I should get that organized now, just in case.

I cannot believe how long your day is! 7:20-2:55. Holy cow! Only one recess connected with lunch. Wow. You poor thing!

The word monster is adorable! I'd love to use that with my little guys during calendar time.

Kirby Shelton said...

As a new teacher I am always looking for ways to keep my kids focused and engaged. I could imagine these being used in so many ways..spelling, vocabulary, telling time, counting coins, writing stories/plays. The possibilties are endless!

Kirby S.
Kirbyrshelton@gmail.com

Mrs. Brown said...

These would be great when my students read the room! They would love them I just know!

kellybrown28021@gmail.com

Aline said...

I would have these puppets at one of the centers. The students could use them when they are reading around the room.


aline_citak@hotmail.com

Erin said...

I would love to use these when students have shared their writing - I have a stuffed fish that they pass to their friends who have comments or questions but I bet they would LOVE passing a monster :)

Anonymous said...

These are so cute! I would definitely use them as word monsters for students to read the rom or read the morning message. Thanks for sharing the post!
acoelho@rogers.com

Anonymous said...

I would so use these monsters as tools for my discovery center in which my students travel our room in search for words that pertain to the skills we are learning.

Javila@duncanvilleisd.org

Natalie Geier said...

Oh so many things I could use these for! I would definitely use them to model word wall words, role playing for various partner activities and morning meeting greetings and as a model for a "teach, okay" whole brain teaching technique I use frequently!

Natalie.held@isd742.org
Natalie

BMiller said...

These are adorable! I'd have the kids use them to read big books and poems. Thanks for the great giveaway. Brianne - bmiller@lockport.wnyric.org

Second Grade Smartypants said...

Adorable!!! I would use them for when my kiddos share poetry at calendar time. They would LOVE them!
Lisen
secondgradesmartypants@gmail.com

Rikki said...

We would use ours during our sight word practice. So cute!!
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ஐRikki

The Hive

Melissa Freshwater said...

I teach the lower level readers!! These would help me motivate my students to read our weekly words and sight word lists!!! I hope I win!! I need some good luck and news!
Melissa
Mrs Freshwaters Class
Mfresh2@aol.com

Beth McCarthy said...

I would use him for the word wall, calendar time, and as an attention(instead of give me 5 I would raise him up) getter.

GibbyMac said...

Reviewing sight words with strange voices to get attention and laughs. Let the students use them when rereading familiar poems. I would love them dearly and treat them as a special member of the class. I would allow a special helper to use him and create their own voice when practicing words or reading texts.
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Teacher Syl said...

I would use these cute little guys for reciting our sight words and multiplication facts. Way too cute! Sylvia. Sraigosa505@aol.com

Mrs. Richardson said...

Oh my! The possibilities are endless! We could use them when we read the word wall, add words to the word wall, stretch out words while I model writing during writer's workshop (right now we blow air into our hands and then stretch our hands apart like we have a piece of bubble gum between them), let the kids use them to stretch out words (anything THEY get to touch and use after modeled is always golden!), we could use them to discuss, model, and practice fluency as we read in the voice of the characters and with expression (they are like puppets!), and then, of course, we could use them as pointers, which the kids use as every day when they read big books and charts that we have created to each other. WOW! I'm pretty sure that was a horrible run on sentence! Please don't judge that! HA! :)
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Krystal said...

I would use it to get some of my shy kids to talk a little more... I have a few that would rather crawl under a table than read a blending word or put a word in a sentence.... Tis might help them!!

And on a side note, I bought Rachelle's sub kit after having bronchitis last year and being SOOOO unprepared.... I worked on it a little bit this summer but didn't finish... This post was just the motivation that I needed to get it done!!

Lori said...

I would use these for my word wall and phonics lessons. How cute!
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Cynthia Normart said...

The monsters are adorable! I would use them for shared reading, word wall, calendar stuff, or pointing to all of our anchor charts hanging way up high! cnormart@gmail.com

Greg Tripp said...

It would be a little ironic - my monsters using monsters! :) I would use them at a literacy centre - along with the word wall playing My Monster Spies (a version of I Spy). E.G. "My monster spies with his monster eyes a word that starts with m ..."
Hope I win! gregtripp@hotmail.com

Bethany Seitz said...

I would give this cute little monster to a friend with a monster-themed classroom! I can see her using it for Word Wall activities, sight word practice, and read-alouds!

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Brenda said...

I would use them for most of the things that others have mentioned. I also would use them as a substitute partner....even though it can not talk back it can listen to the odd man out share his or her ideas.

Karen said...

I have a monster themed room this year and these puppets would be great to have! I would use them for all kinds of activities, especially for word wall and spelling.

kep58@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

These are adorable! As a reading teacher I would have the kids use these to find words on our word wall as well as pointing to the words on our lists of word families and short and vowel words. Thanks.
Megan
mhorman@north-cedar.k12.ia.us

Cindy L said...

I would use them to practice math facts. They are adorable and I know my second graders would love them. I would also use them to identify fact families.

Cindy
CL14Mentor@oh.rr.com

Crayons and Curls said...

I love this!!! It would be great for my little ones that have a hard time opening up to point to words on my word wall or to find letters of the alphabet around my room or to point to rhyming words in the story! This is so cute!
Cheryl
crayonsandcurls(at)gmail(dot)com
Crayons and Curls

sarah said...

Ideal for calendar time!

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Lisa said...

I could use these during our calendar time ....super cute puppets

peninag said...

These are adorable! I think my younger and older students would love these.

purpledoor01 said...

Love, Love, Love the puppets! I would have students use the puppets when they are doing "Read The Room" activities. I have bought the Substitute Survival Kit also, and it came in soooo handy last year when I called in sick with a virus.
Thanks for sharing!
Emily
emily_stroud@yahoo.com

mboyd said...

Hello!
Love the monster stick puppets!! My students could use them to sound and blend words, practice math facts, and many, many other things. Thanks for the opportunity.

mboyd@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

graciegirl said...

I would use these little guys for many literacy centre activities such as read around the room, I spy {the letter of the week or colour of the day}, during calendar time to point to months, numbers, days of the week, and the student of the day could use it to read the calendar and morning message as well as many more fun activities.
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Mrs. Wiblin said...

Amy,
Love the monster stick puppets! There are so many ways that we could use these! If I were to have them in my classroom, I believe I could use them in my "scoop" the words word work station. The students would use it to scoop letters into the monster's mouth and then have to create words from the letters he "ate". So my center could be called "Gobbling up words/letters"!

Brenda
bwiblin2@yahoo.xom

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

I would use them for letter naming in a station!
Jennifer
laughinbrunette@hotmail.com
First Grade Blue SKies

Nicole Manns said...

I would use these cute little monsters during morning work review.
nicolesmurray@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would use these monsters for my word work center as well as for my hesitant/non-verbal speakers to encourage the monster to "speak". It would work like puppets except they could point to the words or pictures they want to say or write.
shelliefreeman@yahoo.com

alkarwacki said...

I would use these as a talking stick during morning meeting or other group activities to show who the speaker is!

Yvonnee said...

Thanks for the opportunity. My kiddos would really love these during daily five.

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Delani Lemons said...

Hi Amy,
I would use this when I have out my shower curtain for center activities. It is on the ground and spelling/sight/vocabulary words are on it and the kids point and read the words. Words are written with a dry erase marker. I would love win and love all your ideas~!
Delani Lemons
dlemons@burlesonisd.net

Jenna Weir said...

I love these little guys!! Would definately use them as pointers for locating sight words, vocab. Words, print concepts, and so much more. Great for share time too!!!

Michelle Robinson - shell20_79@yahoo.com said...

I hit enter before leaving my email address. It is shell20_79@yahoo.com. Sorry!

Adelia Hall said...

How stinkin' cute! I would use these little monsters to point word wall words and our Cafe strategies. My room is all monster themed so these would be perfect!!!

Lori said...

These are so cute! I would use these as talking sticks during our circle time.

Adelia Hall said...

I forgot my email! Oops. Sleepy!

Sdajhall@charter.net

Kelly Austen said...

These pointer monsters would be awesome for word walls, read the room, shared poetry and so much more. They are adorbs.
Kelly Austen
Kellyausten2@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love these to use on my word wall! They're adorable!
Sarah
Sarah.huffman@wylieisd.net

Marybelle said...

I have ESL students and these would be great for so many verbal activities. I have some students that are really hesitant to speak and this may help open them up if it's the "question monster" asking!

eah08i said...

I would use them during phonics (and lots of other times too...adorable).
Eah08i@hotmail.com

crystalg17 said...

I would use the monster stick puppets during whole group at the carpet. While here, I introduce spelling words of the week, or new sight words. We could also use the puppets to point out words on our word wall.

~Crystal

crystalgarcia914@gmail.com

txteach said...

I would use these for comprehension during reading...for example, the monster can "chomp" when the student holding it hears the problem, solution, character, etc.
I would also use it for during reading. Same premise... monster could "chomp" if they hear a word wall word or a specific blend.

So cute!!
Allison
a3burney@hotmail.com

aburton said...

These would be wonderful for acting out lessons in bullying and have a dialogue for how to show kindness.

aburton said...

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Chris and Brit said...

I would use these to point to words and to help the kids say them.

Christine said...

I would use these for practice with our phonics charts. Students could use the monsters to practice reading the words on our charts. When they add a new word to the chart, they can use the monsters to spell the word out!

Christine
dzneypal@cox.net

ksadd said...

Hi Amy! I hoping you could tell me what font you used in your emergency sub plans! I think I've downloaded it before but I can't think of what it's called! Thanks so much!

Kayla
Mrs. Not-Much-Taller-Than-A-Second-Grader

Terri King said...

Boy, there are so many ways that I could use this "little monsters". Aside from the obvious spelling, word wall use, some of the things I would use them for would be for oral reports or to help those students who are very self conscious when standing up in front of the class - kind of their "voice" so to speak. I could use them as an arbitrator for kids when they are having a disagreement. I also have alot of high risk kids in my class that come from abusive families and families with limited resources. Getting some of these kids to open up is tough. These critters could be a secret friend to tell their secrets to. What a cute idea. I would love to know where I can get one for myself.
Terri King terri.king@cfisd.net

Amanda Estrada said...


Thanks so much for this post...the very next day I sat down with my fourth graders and created an anchor chart for when we have a sub! I gave you a bloggy shout out, stop by and check it out.
Amanda

http://rockstarsatwork.blogspot.com/2012/09/anchor-chart-homes.html

nicjon Jones said...

These would be so useful in my Level III classroom. My students could use these for a number of learning activities. We could use them for going over words from our word wall or using them as a visual to take away numbers or letters in word and number building activities. The uses are limitless really! I would LOVE these! jonandnicolejones@gmail.com
Nicole

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Lucy Hunt said...

The puppets could help students read a book