Full Day Plan
Mark the roll and record any absences on the Substitute Teaching Day Feedback Form. Identify any students with special educational needs and ensure you are aware of any assistance they may require throughout the day.
Rules and Routines
Establish rules and expectations for the day with the students. Familiarize yourself with the regular routines of the class, as well as any additional activities happening during the day e.g. assembly.
Literacy – Reading Comprehension
Distribute a copy of the Comprehension – Stop Polluting the Ocean to the students. Read the text as a class. Monitor and support the students as they independently complete the comprehension questions. Once the students have finished, discuss the answers as a class.
Literacy – Writing Task
As a class, discuss some of the issues raised in the comprehension text. Brainstorm some ways in which ocean pollution could be reduced. Ask the students to independently write a letter to their local newspaper encouraging the community to act upon one of these ideas e.g. take reusable shopping bags to the supermarket. Once they have finished, encourage volunteers to share their letters with the class.
Numeracy – Place Value
Distribute a copy of the Number of the Day Worksheet and assign the class a four-digit number. Monitor and support the students as they independently complete the worksheet. Once the students have finished, correct the worksheet together as a class.
Numeracy – Addition and Subtraction
Place the students into small groups. Provide each group with a page of problems from the Addition and Subtraction Word Problem Cards – Middle Grades. Allow the students to work together in their groups to solve each of the problems, recording their working in their books. Rotate the pages of problems through the groups as required. Encourage the students to share their solutions and thought-processes with the class.
Literacy – Independent or Shared Reading
Allow the students to independently read an appropriate book of their choice. Alternatively, choose a book to read and share with the students.
The Arts – Visual Art
Provide each student with a blank piece of paper. Read the description provided on the Drawing On Demand – Sporty Spider Activity. The students must listen carefully to the description before attempting to draw and color a picture of what they have heard. Once they have finished, ask the students to write a description of an animal of their choice, to be read aloud to a partner for them to draw.