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1st Grade Emergency Sub Plans – Set 1

This is a completely free first grade sub plans set that has been created by The Curriculum Corner.

This is a completely free first grade sub plans set that has been created by The Curriculum Corner.
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 first grade sub plans will make your life 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!First Grade Emergency Sub Plans for 1st Grade FREE from The Curriculum Corner | math, reading, writing,

This set of first grade sub plans is provided as individual downloads. You will click on the title of each section to download each portion.

You will find everything for your first grade sub plans below:

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.1.OA.B.3  Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract.  

CCSS.MATH CONTENT.1.OA.B.4  Understand subtraction as an unknown addend problem.  

Number Cards  There are so many uses for these cards!  These contain the numbers 1-20, each on its own page.  They can be used for a movement activity, where students are given a number and then have to get in order.  They might also be used for practicing number families.  The teacher can give three students cards that fit in the same number family.  They stand in front of the room while classmates determine the related facts that can be made with the numbers.

Number Family Cards  Students choose a card and use the number family to create four equations on their recording sheet.  You can create a set of cards for each group or place at a center.  Includes 16 cards and a recording page.

Number Family Practice Page  Designed to reinforce the center activity above.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3  Describe characters, settings and major events in a story, using key details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.2  Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

Graphic Organizers We have created two graphic organizers, one for a fiction book and one for a nonfiction book.  Have the guest teacher read aloud a book and work with students to model completing the correct graphic organizer.  Students may then complete their own graphic organizer during independent reading.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2  Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables and sounds (phonemes). 

Word Families  We have included two different options.  The first is a single page with a word family listed at the top.  This page is to be used in small groups.  Each group is given a page.  Students work in their groups to think of as many words in that word family as they can, recording all of the real words they name.  The other page has four word families on a page and can be used for independent practice or small group work.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.2  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Writing Prompts  We have created five simple writing prompts.  You can allow students to choose their own or assign the same one to all members of the class.  Students write a sentence or two and draw a picture.  We like the ideas of having the guest teacher model an example with the class before students are set off on their own.

Lined Paper  Never hurts to have a stack of lined paper ready for a time-filler writing activity in your room!


Observational Drawing  We like to keep science simple and engaging when we are away from the classroom for the day.  One of our favorites activities is to have students complete an observational drawing.

We like this idea because it can fit your current unit of study.  Use the page we have provided or simply have students use a blank piece of white paper.  Choose an object that fits the theme you are studying.

For example, if you are learning about birds, you may leave out a nest.  If students are studying flowers, leave a plant.   Students draw the object and practice labeling, an important skill for scientists to have!  Sometimes it might work best for the guest teacher to display an object on your SmartBoard so that it can be large enough for all students to view.

We have also created a newer set of first grade sub plans. You will find this set here:

1st Grade Plans Set 2

Emily Dale

Monday 30th of May 2016

Thank You so much for the emergency plans. My friend who teaches 1st grade had an emergency and will not be in for the rest of the week. I will be using your plans to assist her so that she can get well without worrying! Thanks again!

Ms. Quiles

Friday 6th of May 2016

This is a life saver! I'm a bilingual first grade teacher and have been able to custom your product for my class. Thank you so much for sharing!


Thursday 7th of January 2016

Thanks for sharing.


Thursday 7th of January 2016

This is an awesome idea to help teachers. I absolutely love this resource. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa J

Monday 28th of September 2015

Thanks so much for the ideas and activities to add to my box of tricks for EMERGENCY lesson plans! I usually am able to make plans that are aligned with what we've been doing, but in case of something BAD (gasp*) happening, the kids can still be in learning mode instead of babysitting mode!