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Create Easy Sub Plans with a Substitute Binder

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

Sub plans template free file for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder regardless of your grade level. This emergency sub plans binder will take the “ick” out of sick days. This free download is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

What is a Sub Tub?

A sub tub is a set of emergency plans you can leave in your classroom in the event of a family emergency, unexpected absence, or even mental health days. Substitute teaching is not easy, so when, you leave the best sub plans behind, you can have peace of mind knowing your students will be in good hands. Using this free sub plan template will save you so much time. Then, should you wake up in the middle of the night with a stomach bug, you won’t have to drag yourself into school or disturb your team members.

Sub plans binder template: The history behind this binder

When I was in the classroom full time, I also traveled around the United States conducting professional development conferences for teachers throughout the school year. This meant that I had to be out of the classroom. I worked really hard to get my students independent, so I knew they could continue to learn in a fun way even in my absence. However, writing sub plans made me want to cry! For! Real!

So I created a substitute binder that I could fill for the guest teacher. Let me show you what is in it. DISCLAIMER: My old sub binder was not this cute. I fixed the front cover for you, but the insides essentially looked identical to what you will see in this blog post.

The Substitute Teacher Welcome Pages

The first 3 pages include the following:

  • a welcome page
  • our school routines
  • daily schedule
  • student health concerns
  • helpful students that can be student leaders
  • recess and lunch duties
  • various other great tips for a smooth-running day
  • login information for google docs and google classroom

You can also include:

  • your own class list 
  • seating chart.

I laminated them so I could highlight the important details that will help throughout the school day. You will be able to see all of these pages when you download the file.

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

Sub binder template: Our day and routines

Then I had a pocket for each part of our day. How many of you have been a substitute teacher before? I subbed for 3 months while I was waiting for a contract. I ran into one of two problems:

  • Vague sub plans that gave me little information on how the nuts and bolts of the class ran, let alone routines.
  • Sub plans that read like War and Peace. Pages upon pages that were overwhelming.

So I decided to break it into sections. This way, it also reminded me to provide enough activities for each section.

Sub binder template: Morning Work

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

You can read more about our Morning Work by clicking:

Sub binder template: Daily Calendar

These pocket file organizers really help even a new teacher feel like one of the veteran teachers. On the bottom of the pocket file folder, I taped the basic information on how the classroom routine was usually conducted.

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

Sub Tub Section for Word Study and Shared Reading

Sub binder template: Word Study and Shared Reading

Sometimes I would find I needed to leave a worksheet for word study, while other times I would have a few easy activities the students can do independently.

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

 

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

You can read more about our shared reading and poetry  by clicking:

Sub binder template:  Literacy Centers

Centers can be challenging for students at times. During literacy and math centers, I generally pulled small groups. In the past year or so, we had retired a classroom teacher who filled in for us. Because of her prior knowledge of small group instruction, I felt comfortable asking her to pull students for focused instruction.

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

You can read more about literacy centers and guided reading by clicking:

Subs plans binder template: Math Centers

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

You can read about Math Centers and Small Group Math by clicking:

Sub binder template: Writers Workshop

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

We have the sub plans already written for you in our Writing Through the Years units:

Sub plans binder template:  Math Workshop

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

For math workshop, we also have the lessons all written out for you.  Just print!

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

Sub plans binder template:  Read Aloud

Our read aloud lessons are also scripted so all you have to do is print! I also would leave the URL to a YouTube video version of the book as an option.

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs! Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

You can read more about these teacher-loved lessons by clicking:

Sub plans binder template: Content Area

We have several options for our content area studies. I would add my social studies or science activities here.

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

These are the Science, Math, and More units that go along with our read aloud.  You can see them:

Substitute binder template: Math Journals

Math journals are easy to fit in anywhere you have 5-10 minutes!  These simple math word problems are part of our routine, so we are sad when we miss them.

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

Read about how I run my math journal time in these blog posts:

You can see my math journal prompts:

Sub plans binder template: Just for fun and Feedback

I always included something fun the student could do if they run through the other activities. I tried to avoid busy work even when they are quickly thrown together emergency substitute plans. The binder provides the framework in a simple step by step way. These set of sub plans prompt you so even those unexpected last minute days away from your class don’t feel so difficult.

I always wanted feedback on how the day went. Therefore I always included a sub note section in the sub folder. The notes are usually started by the substitute telling how easy the day went because of the organized folder. It is also a place for the substitute to leave important notes that may have been sent in while I was out. YAY!

Sub plans template free for emergency substitute teacher days! Why not make a binder? Grab all of the freebies to make your own binder. It is editable so you can customize it to fit your classroom needs!

Sometimes we know we are going to be absent. We may have a training to go to our an appointment that has been scheduled. BUT sometimes we wake up and feel like the walking dead! So when I am back from a day out, I fill the substitute folder with great activities that can be done at any time. That way, I am not dragging myself in at 6 am when I’m sick at the last minute and the stomach flu hits (it has happened!

Sub plans: Free file

As promised, you can download this entire substitute folder for free! You will need to have Powerpoint in order to use this file. Simply add your email to the box below and the file will be sent directly to your inbox! Easy!

 
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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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12 Responses

  1. This is so incredibly awesome. I know that it will come in handy. 🙂 By any chance, can it be utilized in other grades or even in Special Education? I know some teachers who would love to have this.

  2. I am not able to find the limk, can you tell me where to get the file? Thank you

    1. Sure, just need to scroll to the bottom of the blog post. You will see a heading that “SUB PLANS TEMPLATE FREE FILE” and a box. Simply add your email in the box and the file will be sent directly to you.

  3. This is fantastic, I wish my organisation skills were at this level. I will forward this post to our teachers for inspiration! Thanks so much!!!

  4. I’d love to download this but I don’t see the form to add my email!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Austen!

      I’m wondering if you are on a school computer and it is being blocked. The download box is the very last thing in the blog post. So scroll to the bottom. If you are still stuck, will you email me? Remind me that I asked you to email me…LOL (Old age is REAL)

      [email protected]

  5. Hi, I would love to download this file but it is not coming to my email. Is there another way to get it? Thanks!

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