You woke up feeling like warmed over troll snot and now you are gonna have to take one of “those teacher sick days”. You know the kind, where you are almost in tears trying to throw something together for the sub.
If you are like me, I would literally teach at death’s door rather than take a day because of the amount of work that went into missing a day of school. I’ve taught with the flu (didn’t realize it was the flu at the time), bronchitis, and walking pneumonia because I didn’t have a sub plan and the energy it would require to create a good sub plan just wasn’t there. I’ve taught with no voice (complete laryngitis) and had to write everything down.
After scrolling through Pinterest, I realized that I’m not the only one that doesn’t expect the unexpected. You probably need some good emergency sub plans in your back pocket. So I decided to make some. These are life science sub plans that can be used as middle school lesson plans or in high school biology lesson plans.
The idea of these lessons is that they could be printed off and used immediately or put into a folder ahead of time. These ideas don’t have to be used by a sub either. Each of these is a detailed lesson plan in science.
Each of these science sub plans includes:
- note to the teacher (overview of the lesson)
- standards correlation
- class periods page (editable)
- class schedule (editable)
- seating charts (editable)
- roll book (editable)
- how to turn on the equipment (editable)
- other needs to know (editable)
Sub Note ( with YouTube Playlist Link):
Each lesson includes a primary activity and secondary activity (for early finishers or further study)
Not just for sick days
While these are perfect for those last minute emergencies. Since you are getting a detailed lesson plan in science (that actually covers material in the standards), these lessons could also work well as large group work while you are work with smaller groups doing individual conferences with students, have small lab groups working on a separate issue, or if you need to catch up on grades or other paperwork.