Editable Sub Plan Templates
Are you looking for an editable substitute binder? Well, here it is! Making a substitute lesson plan will be simple the next time you find yourself in a pinch! This sub plans template is a free file for those emergency substitute teacher days! This editable sub binder will be a lifesaver! I promise!
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 add your own information and 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 can leave a detailed lesson plan for sub teachers you can have peace of mind knowing your students will be in good hands. Using this free 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 to 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
We want a visiting teacher to have most successful day possible. In the welcome letter, I try to include as much information as possible. This is especially helpful if this is the first time the substitute has visited your classroom.
The first 3 pages include the following:
- a welcome page
- our school routines you may want to include fire drill information
- our classroom routines (student behavior tips)
- daily schedule (include specials schedule)
- dismissal times
- student health concerns, specific needs, and important information
- 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 the following:
- your own class list
- seating chart
- emergency procedures
- important phone numbers
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 editable version pages when you access the digital download at the bottom of this post.
Sub binder template: Our day and routines
Let’s take a closer look at these substitute teacher plans. Each subject area had it’s own tab. I also outlined how the activity was taught (whole group or small group.) This made classroom management so much easier. This way the substitute did not hear, “Um… my teacher does not do it that way” the entire day.
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.
As you read through this blog post, keep an eye out for links to additional free resources you can use in your kindergarten or first grade classrooms.
Sub Binder Template: Morning Work
Sub Binder Template: Daily Calendar
These pocket file organizers really help even a new teacher feel like a veteran elementary teacher. On the bottom of the pocket file folder, I taped the basic information on how the classroom routine was usually conducted.
Sub Tub Section for 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 could do independently.
Sub binder template: Poem and Shared Reading
The poem was already displayed in the classroom. Each day of the week we could have a different activity we would do with it. My kindergarten students NEVER wanted to miss the daily poem!
Sub binder template: Literacy Centers
Centers can be challenging for students at times. During literacy and math centers, I generally pulled small groups. 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.
You can read more about literacy centers and guided reading by clicking:
- 10 Tips for Managing Kindergarten Centers in Your Classroom (Free Download)
- 10 Simple Literacy Stations That Will Last You ALL YEAR (Free File)!
- Start Centers in Kindergarten with these Sanity-Saving Tips! (FREE File)
- Are Guided Reading Lesson Plans Wrong? 5 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into Your Classroom
Editable Sub Plan Template: Math Centers
Similarly, math centers were also a treasured part of our daily routines! It was also a time to pull small groups for interventions.
I added sticky notes to the pages to indicate which students to pull for the day.
You can read about Math Centers by clicking:
Sub Binder Template: Writers Workshop
Our Writing Through the Years units provides detailed instructions with specific information on how to conduct the lesson. Even if it is your substitute’s first year of teaching, they will be successful.
Sub Plans Binder Template: Math Workshop
Our whole group math lessons also follow a specific routine. I have found that consistency and clear expectations helps to eliminate student behavior issues.
Each activity is spelled out even down to the activities that are done independently or with student partners.
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.
Each week, we work on reading comprehension strategies and focus on one book per week. In this way, we can dive deep into the meaning of the text.
You can read more about these teacher-loved lessons by clicking:
I have blogged about these lesson plans over the years. You may find your favorite book in one of these blog posts:
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.
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 so they don’t take a long time to do each day! These simple math word problems are part of our routine, so we are sad when we miss them.
Read about how I run my math journal time in these blog posts:
- Math Journals in MINUTES? Yes, You Can! (Free File)
- Everything You Need to Know About Kindergarten Math Journals
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 have need extra activities a the end of the day. I tried to avoid busy work even when they are quickly thrown together with emergency substitute plans.
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! It made the next day in my classroom to much easier!
Sometimes we know we are going to be absent. We may have a teacher training to go to or 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 and need to provide lesson plans on short notice. 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.
Editable Substitute Teacher Binder Free file
As promised, you can download this emergency sub-binder for free! This includes:
- editable binder covers
- free sub binder templates for each subject matter
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!