Sixth grade teachers, how often do you go into school when you are truly sick simply because going to school will take less effort than pulling together sub plans? All teachers know that it is sometimes worse to stay home than go to school sick. Hopefully these emergency sub plans will make your life just a little easier when you simply cannot make it to school. We suggest printing these materials and plans ahead of time. This way, when you do need to call in, you can avoid driving to school at 1 a.m.! We’ve all done it, right? Put everything in a tub marked “Sub Tub” and you will be ready to go with very little effort. We have included the Common Core Standards when possible below. Don’t worry, if your state does not teach Common Core, these activities should still fit into your standards. Our goal was to create activities that could act as review since these need to be applicable at any point in the year. You never know when you will need them!
Sub Plans We started with a Word document that gives directions for the activities below. There are spots to fill in information about your class. Or, simply cut and paste to add to your own sub plans. You might need to make changes to fit your students, but we are hoping this will take a little time out of your planning!
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3 Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems, e.g., by reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations.
Unit Rate Problem Solving This set of 8 word problem cards includes a recording page. Print a set of cards for each group and students choose four problems to solve.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.SP.B.5.C Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean) and variability (interquartile range and/or mean absolute deviation), as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the overall pattern with reference to the context in which the data were gathered.
Measures of Central Tendency Students practice finding mean, median, mode and range with these cards. Students choose a card and find the answers to each. This set includes a recording page.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.7.B Write, interpret, and explain statements of order for rational numbers in real-world contexts. For example, write -3 oC > -7 oC to express the fact that -3 oC is warmer than -7 oC.
Number Cards This set of cards contains the digits 0 through 9 plus commas, decimals, negative signs and comparison signs. Print and laminate. The teacher will have the students use the cards to create two given numbers to display on the board. Another student will then choose the correct sign to compare the numbers. This can be done as a whole class activity or in small groups. The activity can be teacher or student led.
Informational Text Graphic Organizers We have created four graphic organizers to be used with any informational text passage or book. You can choose to have the guest teacher model the completion of a graphic organizer. For classrooms where students are familiar with the terms, you might choose to have students complete as proof of their independent reading for the day.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Convince Me! This set of graphic organizers offers a variety of topics for students to write a persuasive piece about. Students choose a starter and then give their facts to support their opinion. There is an additional lined page that you may choose to have students use to write a paragraph with their ideas.
You might also find additional resources in our post geared towards fifth grade teachers: Fifth Grade Emergency Sub Plans