Emergency Sub Binder- Pets!

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If you are like me, you often drag yourself to work sick.  Mostly because it is TOO much work to be gone!   I hate writing sub plans
(especially at 5:30 in the morning, which is when I am usually doing it!)
I decided to create a sub binder and prepare it ahead of time, that way I can leave it on my shelf, tell my teacher bestie where it is at, and not have to worry about running to school if myself or my children are sick.  Not to mention if I would ever have a true emergency.

I have created detailed lessons to fill an entire day around a pet theme.  I know my students will love it, and I’m hopeful any sub would be so happy to have such detailed plans to help them with the day.  The best part- it isn’t just busy work and worksheets.  I won’t feel guilty because I know my students will be having a rigorous day!

For morning work, they are going to draw and label as many kinds of pets as they can think of.  This activity should really get them thinking and focused on the days topic.

During shared reading time they will be practice their fluency with a pet poem that I created.  They will read Arthur’s Pet Business and work on the beginning stages of showing evidence of character traits.  

   In Grammar, they will be working on understanding proper nouns, but thinking about the names of their pets!

During math block, they will be acting out addition and subtraction story problems with a park mat, and dog cut-outs. Then they will independently practice mixed addition and subtraction problems.

During phonics they will be working on both phonemic awareness and phonics activities.  They will first sort short a and short o picture cards (with segmenting practice).  Then they will practice writing the same short a and short o words.  Finally, they will have independent practice sorting and writing words with those patterns.  

This is the best part~ Differentiated Guided Reading plans.  I created 4 mini-books for the students to make at GR time, each with a detailed lesson plan.  The levels are B, D, F/G, and K+.

During Science, they will learn about/review mammals.  They will read a mammal book, review a mammal poster, sort pets and other animals, and identify and color the animals that are mammals.

They will have a writing lesson on opinion writing.  Then they will write which they think is a better pet…a cat or a dog.  They will have to write a topic sentence, and list at least 2 detail sentences for their opinion.

They will practice the speaking skill of “eye-contact” and have the opportunity to tell the class about one of their pets.

I also put some of my favorite pet books in the back of the binder for read-aloud time.  They can also be used as a filler activity, if needed.

Here are a few more of my favorite pet books to read aloud!  

At the end of the quarter, if I haven’t had to use the emergency plans.  We will take a day off from our normal curriculum, and I will use them as a fun “theme” day!

If you are interested in checking out my sub plans, they are available in my TPT store.  I’d love to save you the work of prepping a bunch of lessons! Then you can rest easy when you should really stay home.

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Hi, I’m Jaymie! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I taught for 17 years including 12 years in First Grade, 4 years as a Reading Interventionist, and 1 year in Pre-K. 

I have a passion for creating rigorous, easy to use primary resources that require little or no prep! I hope you find some easy ideas to take back to your classroom or use in your homeschool!

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