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January Sub Plans for 1st Grade and 2nd Grade – ELA


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These 1st & 2nd Grade January ELA lesson plans are the perfect winter-themed lessons! Your students will love these activities and you can rest easy knowing they are busy with meaningful ELA activities while you are away, if you use them as sub plans.
This set of January lesson plans for ELA can be used as a full day of sub plans OR for several days of your Language Arts block.
Please look through the preview of the 1st & 2nd grade January ELA lesson plans which includes an overview of the document PLUS sample pages. Additionally, please note that these lessons are NOT editable. They are print-and-go!

Page Count: 69 | File Type: PDF

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Are you looking for winter-themed lessons? The 1st & 2nd grade January ELA lesson plans are the answer with fun-themed lessons for the whole month of January! From fill-in-the-blank worksheets to informational writing about how to write a snowman to a New Year’s Resolution writing prompt, these January lesson plans will keep your students engaged!

WANT TO SAVE MONEY AND BE PREPARED ALL YEAR? You can grab this set of lesson plans in our An Entire Year of ELA Sub Plans for 1st and 2nd grade- THE BIG BUNDLE! You will save 20% by purchasing the whole year in the bundle!

Our 1st & 2nd grade January ELA lesson plans include:

“January ELA Sub Plans” Binder or Folder Cover
  • This adorable cover can be at the front of your folder or binder! The back cover is also included so you can put together a polished binder.
“January ELA Sub Plans” Binder Spines
  • These spines will work if you put your plans in a 1″, 1.5″, or 2″ binder so you can choose what size works best for your organization… you’re the boss!
Table of Contents
  • A list of everything that is included in the 1st & 2nd grade January ELA lesson plans so you can have a reference at your fingertips.
Note to Teacher
  • This note to YOU explains what you need to do to get the sub plans ready. Basically, you need to print, copy, etc!
Mitten Thank You Notes to your Substitute(s)
  • These print-and-go thank-you notes are mitten themed and perfect if you choose to leave them for your substitute! They are a half page so you can save on paper and ink.
Snowflake Themed “How Did Your Day Go?” Substitute Notes Form
  • The substitute note form gives your sub a space to write students who did well, those who struggled, what they didn’t get to, and any additional notes. Perfect to be sure you know just how the day went. It also boasts a fun snowflake theme!
Winter Themed Substitute Punch Cards
  • These punch cards make a great behavior incentive for JUST when there is a sub- a.k.a. when students may need a little more help! These will do the trick! They offer a great extrinsic reward… in addition to the intrinsic rewards of fun and engaging monthly themed activities.
Copies for Students List
  • A clear layout of what you, a staff member, or the sub will need to copy for the students for the entire day
ELA January Lesson Plans Checklist
  • This is where you let the sub know which lessons to use for the day. You can check a box to let them know to use ALL the lessons for a full day of plans, OR you can check individual lessons you would like used during your ELA block.
ELA Lesson #1: January Fill-In-The-Blanks
  • These basic fill-in-the-blanks allow students to fill in the blanks of stories using nouns, verbs, colors, etc! They are simple enough for young students to be able to do, but also a fun and educational activity. Blank versions are also available without the parts of speech. Younger students can just fill in the blanks instead.
  • Includes lesson plan & 4 worksheets
  • You can choose to use the worksheets all at once or over several days!
ELA Lessons #2: Fixing Sentences for January
  • Students will fix sentences with this fun and engaging worksheets. These include fun winter & January holiday themes!
  • Includes lesson plan & 4 worksheets
  • You can choose to use the worksheets all at once or over several days!
Writing Lesson: My New Year’s Resolution Writing Prompt
  • Students will write about their goal for the new year and their plan to achieve their goals.
  • Includes lesson plan, brainstorming page, and writing page
Informational Writing Lesson: How To Build a Snowman
  • Students will write a tutorial about how to build a snowman!
  • Includes lesson plan, brainstorming page, and writing page.
Reading Passages & Lessons
  • 2 reading passages are included at 2 different levels. Choose one to use or use both and differentiate! One of the passages is an informational piece about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the other is about a snowball fight.
  • A lesson plan is included to introduce the topics for each reading passage as well!
Reading Lesson to use with ANY Book!
  • This reading lesson can be used for a class read-aloud for any narrative story. It is focused on making connections during reading.
  • Students can choose their FAVORITE books to use with this, making it extra fun and engaging.
  • This lesson can be used repeatedly with new stories to increase reading comprehension skills.
  • Lesson plan and graphic organizer included.
“The Frosty Snowman” Sight Words Game
  • Students will practice their sight words with a FUN and engaging sight words game! A game board, dice (to fold and glue), game pieces, and game cards are all included. Your kids will want to play it over and over!
Mitten Art Activity
  • The mitten art activity is a lot of fun! Students will decorate the mitten on the outside, trace their hands and write about winter on the inside! The lesson plan is also included.
Answer Keys & Worksheet Guides
  • Answer Keys and Worksheet Guides are included for ALL student worksheets so you can quickly and easily check their work.

“Used these plans yesterday and had great feedback from the sub in my room. They were very grateful for the detailed instructions and the kids were highly engaged all day! Thank you so much!!”

“I have purchased several sets of emergency sub plans, and they just never fit my needs. These, however, are just what I’ve been looking for! Easy prep, easy for the sub to follow! I recommend this to anyone needing emergency plans.”

“I love this resource!! It was so easy to get ready for a sub because I would just open up my Math Sub binder and choose a few activities for the day!! Thanks so much!!”

“Y’all… this is LIFE CHANGING!! I can’t tell you the time and money I’ve spent looking for resources to leave for my students when I’m out. As a first year teacher, the struggle is real with the PD’s and testing requiring me to be absent. There’s SO much to use here! I purchased this just yesterday for a planned absence I had today and was able to create a packet of relevant resources for my sub to assign. Took no time at all and it’s super easy to navigate. I can’t wait to print it all and get my tub ready. The organizer tabs are also an extra convenient bonus. No more will I have to worry about the stress of sub planning. This will literally last me a lifetime. Thank you Wife Teacher Mommy!! “

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews

This is the latest month I've added to my monthly sub plans. These plans are easy to follow and my students will enjoy them.

Nicole Hampton

Love these! Put together so well! Thank you for the hard work.

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