5th Grade Ready To Go Sub Plans Printable Set #1


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These 5th grade sub plans include a FULL day (or more!) of fifth grade substitute plans that are no prep and ready to go.  Your students will be actively engaged in learning activities aligned to 5th grade standards while you are away.

Our Ready To Go Sub Plans are standards-based and have been used and trusted by over 50,000 teachers. No need to worry about making plans to call in sick or take a much-needed day off. You can rest assured that we’ve got you covered.

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Page Count: 96 | File Type: .ZIP with main file PDF, short bonus PPT

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Lesson plans for all core subjects and topics are included so that you won’t have to worry about a THING! With your purchase, you’ll get lessons for:

  • Language Arts (Similes and Metaphors lesson plan with all student pages included)
  • Silent Reading Comprehension Strategy Lesson (Text Questioning lesson plan with all student pages included)
  • Reading Passages Lesson (Three differentiated versions of a reading passage are included. The title of the reading passage is Sick Day).
  • Writing (Opinion Writing lesson plan with all student pages included)
  • Math Review (A Quick Math review sheet and Math Fluency practice page with lesson plan included)
  • Math Lesson (Adding & Subtracting Fractions lesson plan with all student pages included)
  • What’s The Question? Math Activity (Students will create their own story problem with this fun and engaging math activity- lesson plan and all student pages included)
  • Science (Chemical and Physical Changes lesson plan with all student pages included)
  • Social Studies (States and Capitals)

Each lesson in the 5th grade sub plans is simple enough for the sub to follow, but the students will be engaged in real learning …and not just busywork.

These captivating lesson plans include a short section for notes at the bottom of the page for if you’d like to write any extra notes for the sub (or, alternatively, for the sub to leave you notes about how the lesson went!)

All graphic organizers, activities, or worksheets needed to complete the lesson are INCLUDED. 


In addition to the core lessons, the following activities also included so you won’t have to worry about the sub running out of things to do. See the detailed preview file for more information about each one:

  • Brain Breaks that can be used to help break up the day 
  • Art Activity to help get creative juices flowing and fill time as-needed
  • Interactive Notebook covering a topic from one of the lesson plans
  • Educational Card Game The educational game covers content from the other lessons from the day
  • Just Add a Task Board Game This board game is nearly ready to go! All that’s left to do is add a task- such as a spelling or vocab list or math flash cards. It can also be played just for fun without a task. Color and B&W versions included


Rest assured the day will run smoothly, because we’ve got you covered with these extras, too:

  • Copies for Students Page No guesswork because this page lists what pages need to be copied for you or your sub’s convenience
  • Organization Tips so you can get your sub tub organized in a jiffy
  • Print-and-go Thank You Cards so your sub knows that you appreciate them and likely comes back to your classroom
  • How Did Your Day Go? Substitute Notes Form so you’ll more than likely get detailed notes from your substitute
  • Substitute Punch Cards that make a great behavior management tool that is special JUST for substitutes!
  • Binder Cover and Spines to get your master-copy binder organized
  • Answer Keys & Worksheet Guides for ALL worksheets & graphic organizers so even if your sub doesn’t know the answers, they have something to refer to


And last, but certainly not least, you will receive a bonus editable PowerPoint so you can customize your sub plans to perfectly fit YOUR classroom!

The PowerPoint includes:

  • Substitute Plan Outline a complete editable outline for your entire day! It has been filled out but you may customize it to suit your needs
  • Additional Notes for the Substitute Any other notes you’d like to make to the substitute here in the PowerPoint since everything else is in PDF format
  • School Schedule so your sub knows when to use each lesson
  • Classroom Info form so your sub can have the important info they need at their fingertips
  • Class List template because EVERY sub we have talked to has told us that this is a MUST!


Please review the in-depth preview to inform you even further before your purchase of these 5th grade emergency sub plans. The preview includes real-life photos, collages, full-size sample pages, and testimonials. We want you to feel confident in your purchase!


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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Jessica W.

I am not afraid to need a sub now. I have everything all lined out and can miss a day in an emergency, knowing I have the class covered and the sub informed.

Jennifer Zmozynski
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Tracey Green
You need this!

I highly recommend!

Trisha Campbell
Everything I need

This has everything I need and more. I think 1 day would work for 2-3 days of being gone. It would be very easy to stretch.

Trisha C.

I am looking forward to having this ready to go just in case this school year. Especially helpful since I will be teaching a new grade level with newer to the profession teaching partners.

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