Sub Plans: Input While You’re Out of the Classroom

Sub Plans - Input While You're Out - SrtaSpanish

Welcome to flu season. Ugh. Hopefully your house has missed the bug – mine did NOT. My husband came down with it last week and I was out for THREE days this week. I’m pretty sure I would not have survived without the help of two things: my awesome department and Google Classroom. I want to share some of the sub plans my students did (without me! and without a Spanish-speaking sub!) that allowed them to keep moving forward while I was down and out.

Sub Plans Day 1: Screencasting 

My school is a combo of provided 1:1 and BYOD. Students all have access to laptops or devices, which means that one of my go-to sub plans is screencasting. If you’re unfamiliar with it, basically you record whatever is happening on your screen while your computer microphone records your voice (you can show your face, but you don’t have to). I have used this for giving notes a la flipped classroom, telling a story, and even tried a Movie Talk/Edpuzzle combo.

My two favorite ways to ScreenCast are Screencastomatic or Screencastify. Both are free, and both have (slightly) different capabilities. Screencastify works on my Chromebook because it is an extension for your Chrome browser, but I like that Screencastomatic lets you select an area of your screen to share, rather than the WHOLE window. Play around with them! (PS. Both are FREE!..with premium upgrades, if you really need the whole razzle dazzle. I don’t.)

Sub Plans Day 2: Corre en Círculos 

On the second day of sickness, I wanted my students to practice what they had learned in the screencast. I didn’t want a sit and work on a packet sort of day, especially because the previous day was full of sit-and-get from the video. Enter Corre en Círculos! This is one of my FAVORITE activities for practicing. It’s basically a scavenger hunt where the right answer leads them to the next question, which leads them to the next, and so on. Because it is a big circle, they get instant feedback. If they mess up, the circle breaks, and they know it (because they finish too soon, or come upon a sheet that gives them feedback). PERFECT sub plans for practicing without a Spanish-speaking sub. My classes are very familiar with the activity so my substitute just taped the sheets on the walls,  reminded them how it works and set them loose. Beautiful.

PS. I have a ton of this scavenger hunt activity available in my TpT store. Check them out here!

Telling Time in Spanish ¡Corre en Círculos! Activity Present Progressive ¡Corre en Círculos! Activity La Fecha Say the Date in Spanish ¡Corre en Círculos! Activity 

Sub Plans Day 3: Reading

Whew. At this point in the week I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get better. I was also getting really sick of making sub plans. My students were supposed to start Preterite and Imperfect this day. Ay! I went to the Spanish Language and Culture site and snagged the Goldilocks and the 3 Bears exercise. I tweaked it a little bit to highlight forms that we are working on (past progressive) and some patterns (cuando/mientras) that we focus on to start with our Preterite/Imperfect chapter. Ta-dah!
Sub Plans - Input While You're Out - SrtaSpanishA quick Código de Colores activity was born. I have them do this on their computers and share it via Google Classroom, but you could certainly print it and break out the highlighters or colored pencils. I also have a few questions in English at the end of the activity, but they’re pretty general because this is their first introduction to Preterite vs Imperfect.  Click here if you’d like to save your own version of this to your Google Drive!

PS. I have a few more of that kind of reading activity available in my TpT store. Check them out here!

When I came back (finally) we expanded a bit more on that reading activity. I’m still in the process of thinking up a few more ideas for what to do with it!

There! Three different Sub plan ideas for you that allow you to keep moving with your classes. I hope you find them helpful! What are some of your favorite things to do with a sub?

While You Were Out - Sub Plan Ideas - SrtaSpanish


6 thoughts on “Sub Plans: Input While You’re Out of the Classroom

  1. Thank you! I love all of your resources, and as I told you on tpt, your explanations are easy for me to understand b/c I’m just starting out in the big world of technology! This is going to be my **gulp** 20th year teaching, and it will be our 1st time EVER having technology in the classroom. I’m supposed to get my own set of Chromebooks for students to use (we got to use them for 1 day in the Spring, so I KNOW they actually exist…yay!), and all of our classrooms are supposed to be equipped with all the “regular” up-to-date classroom tools that 99% of schools everywhere already have, such as data projectors, a teacher laptop, and white boards (I’m seriously sooo looking forward to using a board!). As you can tell we are a very low-income/poverty district. As for getting trained on Google Classroom, GSuite, etc….definitely not. So, please forgive me if it looks like I’m randomly stalking your blog this coming school year! Your posts are helpful. 🙂

    I knew I had to do something, though, so this summer I decided to take EdTech Team’s Online Hyperdocs Bootcamp Course with the Hyperdoc Girls. It’s difficult for me b/c I’m such a newbie, but I’m learning quite a bit! Our 1st week, we had to create a Mutimedia Text Set on a topic of our choice, so I chose Day of the Dead. Some of the sites/resources I used could probably be a little better, but what really mattered to me was learning HOW to create and use technology to enhance my lessons. I’m so proud of my very 1st creation! Woohoo! If you want to make a copy and change it up to best fit the needs of your students, the link is below. Keep up the great work and thank you, again! 🙂

    1. Neat!! I love HyperDocs. That’s awesome that you were willing to take the plunge and put some time in over the summer! I think that resource looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing it with me 🙂 If you have questions or get stuck as you work through things this year I am happy to help in any way that I can!

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