Back to School: Emergency Sub Plans

Emergency Sub Plans

Missed my first post of this series?  Check out my summer round-up of great posts here.

I realized that I haven’t blogged recently about my sub plans or emergency sub plans in over four years!  When I saw Amanda’s post recently, it inspired me to write this post.  While some of my plans stay the same, others have changed.  It can also be daunting to create sub plans if you are moving away from the textbook.  Hopefully, you can save some of these ideas for when you are sick.

I have always touted the benefits of EdPuzzle especially on a sub day.  I would advise NOT to pick one that would last the whole period though because it will become tedious.  Since I typically have added a new EdPuzzle to my classes, I will find a newer one that my students wouldn’t have completed in other levels.  I also like to find some great cultural ones that will be engaging, but I may not cover during the school year.  Here are some of my recent favorites:

These are all geared for level 1, so you could easily use them with upper levels.  Remember the awesome search feature in EdPuzzle, so you can find other activities.  If you are not 1:1, you could have the sub play the video and have students answer the questions on a piece of paper.

To extend this idea further, you could have students compare the EdPuzzle to themselves or American culture depending on the assignment.  They could complete this on Flipgrid or Seesaw.  Just make sure that you have done a few Flipgrid assignments before you give this assignment during a sub day!

Another way to give input is to assign a reading activity.  If we are reading a novel, this is easy.  Typically, students can read the next chapter.  However, if you don’t have a reading that you are working on, you could include a cultural reading.  If you are looking for an authentic resource, I have many listed here by topic.  You could also copy a few pages from my news summaries from 2017-2018.  In that post, I also provide a list of other stories to give students.  Martina’s Revista Literal would also be great!

If we are reading a novel or I have an interpretive reading assignment and I don’t have time to make up questions, I have done generic worksheets or have students create the questions!  One of my favorite assessments and activities to practice is AnneMarie Chase’s quick rubrics.  You can also give students this generic worksheet to complete.  Many teachers have also had students draw pictures to represent their understanding of the story or article.  Finally, if I have practiced making Google Form Quizzes with my students, I will have my students create one and send it to their peers to complete.

I try to MOSTLY gear my sub plans to include more input than output; however, if you have an upper level class, you could have students write an opinion piece on the reading or write a comparison piece in the target language.

To review current topics, you can quickly make a Quizizz activity.  I like to include Quizizz activities during a sub day because it is a fun activity to change up the class.  If you don’t have any Quizizzes made, you can quickly search for Quizizzes made by other people and add questions to your own.  Assign it as homework and you have a code for students to complete!  Plus, it gives feedback to them automatically.  If students go through it too quickly, I normally give them a minimum grade to earn.

What are your favorite low to no prep sub plans to make for students?

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