Prepare your sub folder NOW for your unexpected absence!
We all know this story. We have lived this story over and over and over in our teaching careers.
- It is 4:30 am and you wake up to a very sick child. You have to call by 5 am to get a sub.
- You are already running late. On the way to school, you have a flat tire. There is no way you are going to make it in time.
- While at school, you get an emergency call, and have to leave immediately.
- And occasionally, even WE (teachers) get sick and need to see a doctor.
- How many times have you said, "I would rather go to school than have to make out plans for the substitute teacher?"
Such is the nature of life. There are always going to be unexpected events in our lives that we have no control over. What you do have control over is how you handle them. Do you really want to be scrambling around in the dark at 4:30 an trying to put together some materials to send to your substitute teacher? Well, I must admit, I have been that teacher. And you have, too!
Let's change that right now. Here are 5 FREE lessons that you can download, print, and leave in your sub folder. When the unexpected happens to you, you can remain calm knowing that your students will have quality lessons to complete in your absence. Of the 5 lessons listed and linked below, 4 of them can be used in any type of science class. If you teach, for example, a life science class and a physical science class, you can leave these four lessons for both classes.
So here they are. Don't procrastinate.... go ahead and click on the links and print these lessons out! They are free, so what do you have to lose?
1. GRAPHING: The need to review and reinforce graphing and data analysis skills is constant with our students. Truly, this is the subject for another blog post! Our students can use all the practice they can get, so why not have them practice while you are away from school? In fact, if our students completed this activity several times during the year, it would be to their advantage! In this activity, students are given data that must be graphed, followed by a set of thought-provoking and critical thinking data analysis questions.
2. SCIENCE INFORMATIONAL TEXT GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS: Here are two graphic organizers that can be used with almost any type of science text. There are many great science news articles that can be duplicated and left with these graphic organizers in your sub folder. As the students read the text, they will compete the graphic organizers. Again, practice makes perfect, and our students can use all the practice they can get in learning to read and comprehend science informational text.
3. STUDY SKILL GRAPHIC ORGANIZER: Want to leave a sub plan that covers what you have just been teaching? This is a "compare and contrast" graphic organizer. I use this single page all year long in my science classes. Whatever it is that you have been teaching in science, I am quite sure that it contains concepts that can be compared and contrasted. For example: Students might compare and contrast photosynthesis to respiration, mitosis to meiosis, vascular plants to nonvascular plants, the three chambered heart to the four chambered heart or prokaryotic cells to eukaryotic cells.
4. DNA INFORMATIONAL TEXT WITH GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS: This download has everything you need to leave an informational text lesson for your students. Watson and Crick wrote a famous one page paper on the structure of DNA. (This paper is in the public domain.) This lesson provides the article, and the graphic organizers. This is still a perfect lesson for a sub even if you are not covering DNA in your class. The idea is that students get practice reading scientific journal articles. The graphic organizers help them read for understanding.
5. GENETICS MONOHYBRID PRACTICE PROBLEMS: This lesson is best suited for life science or biology classes. Students are given a two-page worksheet of monohybrid, or one factor, genetics problems. This is a great review for end of course testing!
As already stated, the above 5 lessons are free. Go ahead and download them all and check them out. I am certain that you will find them suitable for use as emergency lesson plans in your science classes. After all, this (<---) is what we hope for our students in our absence!