Emergency Sub Plans- Why You Need Them!
After I had my son, I took a break from teaching to stay home with him. During his first year, I subbed at a couple local schools. The WORST thing that happened to me when I was a substitute teacher was when I showed up to the class and there were no lesson plans. There was no information about any of the students. I had no idea where the class was at in any subject, which students I could trust to ask a question, or even what time the students had recess and lunch.
But, I get it. I’ve been on both sides. I was a teacher before I was ever a sub. Teaching is THE ONLY JOB where it takes more work to call in sick than to just suffer through a day of teaching with a bad cough or sore throat. While my husband would call in sick for symptoms such as these, I would tough it out- sick AND pregnant- 99% of the time, just because I didn’t want to write sub plans.
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This is why it is SO important to have emergency sub plans. What if you get sick enough where you can’t come into work, but don’t have sub plans ready? What if there is a family emergency? If you have emergency sub plans that are ready to go, you will have the peace of mind that if something happens, there are some lesson plans on file for your sub. Your students will have something to do- and NO, you won’t have to try to write sub plans while you’re dealing with whatever comes up! Emergency sub plans are the type of thing that you really hope you won’t need- but if you do, you’ll be so thankful that you have them!
Here are 5 things that your emergency sub plans MUST include!
1) School Information
Answer the following questions for your sub: What is the school address and phone number? Who is the principal? What teachers there would be willing to help me if I have a question? These are all things that your sub would like to know!
When does the first bell ring? When are recess and lunch? When are any other special activities? When is dismissal? These are all questions that your sub will be wondering if you don’t let them know- and it can be SUPER stressful!
3) Classroom Information
4) Lesson Plans
5) End of the Day Form
If you want your sub to tell you how the day went, leave a form for them with all of the information you’d like to know! They are much more likely to give it to you this way!
Get all 5 of these things compiled and organize them in a way that suits your needs. For example, label a filing cabinet “Emergency Sub Plans.” Alternatively, put them together in a large binder. You could even try an accordion folder like these ones here! Then clearly label it so your sub can find it and put it all in one spot and ready to go!
Just in case, be sure to communicate with your team members. Let them know where your emergency sub plans are so if you are unable to come in, the sub will have no problem finding them (even if they don’t see your clearly labeled sub plans themselves)!
Would you like to have your sub plans already finished for you?
Because I believe it is THAT important to have emergency sub plans, I have a few lessons pre-written for you and forms that are ready to fill out with all the information your sub will need!
You will get:
- Editable Forms for your Substitute Binder (Sample)
- Kindergarten Lessons Sample
- Elementary Lessons Sample
- Sub Tub Label
- (Not to mention, you’ll also get access to my free resource library with other awesome stuff, too!)
This freebie will help you get your emergency sub plans started! If you LOVE what you see here and want all of your emergency sub planning checked off that to do list for good, then click here to check out all of my Ready To Go Sub Plans in my TpT store! Full days are available for Kindergarten through 6th grades- you can purchase single days and up to a full WEEK! Bundle discounts are available when you purchase multiple days at a time! They are a great way to be ready for emergency sub days because EVERYTHING is done for you! (Besides making copies, of course!)
Each full day of sub plans includes everything included in the freebie, plus:
- More extensive substitute binder forms (20 pages!)
- Copies for Students Page: A clear layout of what needs to be copied for either you or the sub
- Substitute Plan Outline of Day: A full outline of all the lessons for the day, and which lesson plans should be referred to.
- Lesson plans for the following subjects: ELA, Reading, Writing, Science, Math, and Social Studies
- Worksheets: All worksheets to go with the lessons are included
- Art Activity: This is a fun art activity that is also simple enough for any sub!
- Brain Break Activities: Two options are given for each day (outdoor or indoor)
- An Educational Game: These games review concepts covered during the day!
- Answer Keys (for 1-6, Kinder sub plans include extra activities and coloring pages instead!)
What people have been saying about my Ready To Go Sub Plans on Teachers pay Teachers:
“You save my life this year! I had to have a sudden surgery and needed to create lesson plans. I used all of yours . Using the core standards as a guide, covering all subject areas, providing grade level challenge. Nice work. Thank-you”
“WOW! This helped me tremendously last year! I was a first year teacher and didn’t really know how to handle “what to have substitute do in the classroom” This packet lays everything out for you! Print and GO!”
“These sub plans have been the BEST discovery that I have made on TpT!! Thank you for making these wonderful all inclusive plans that are so easy to use, especially when you are sick and the last thing you want to worry about is writing sub plans! Please make more for 4th grade! I will buy them all!!”
“These are fantastic! I purchased, copied, and stored these plans in a sub tub! I told my neighbor where the tub was and all she did was put the tub on my desk and the day ran SO SMOOTHLY! No need to go into the classroom with the flu! Thank you!”
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Here’s a handy checklist for all 5 things to include in your sub plans in one handy image! Feel free to pin it to one of your Pinterest boards so that you have it on hand when you need it!
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