Not too long ago, I felt absolutely awful and had to take a sick day. I had no sub plans ready to go (I mean – I never get sick!) I realized that my “Emergency” sub plans were way too generic, so I had to make a special trip to school and 9:30 at night to get my plans around. Not fun.
Well, and hour and a half later, I was still struggling to get decent plans made. I was angry at myself for not having plans ready-made and getting frustrated that it was taking me so long.
Task Cards to the Rescue!
That was when I realized that task cards really ARE the answer! I had some task cards that I had made for my Teachers Pay Teachers store and knew that I had hit the answer right on the head! I typed up directions for several task card games, made sure I included the answer key and a quick tutorial on how to solve the math problems (I’ve learned that math can be quite intimidating for subs), and I was good to go!
Here is a link to the task cards that I left for my sub: Area & Perimeter Task Cards!
If your not into Area and Perimeter, how about “Used and Abused Verbs”, which are task cards reinforcing the correct usage of commonly misused verbs – including took/taken (my students say “Tooken”!!UGH!!), did/done, isn’t/aren’t/ain’t; you get the picture. Click here: Used and Abused Verbs Task Cards
I love the idea of having students make their own task cards. (Sounds like a future blog post!!) I have some blank task cards available for just that purpose! Here are ink saving task cards: Ink Saver Task Cards – Make Your Own! They’re only $1! Great for exit tickets and reviewing!
Or, if you don’t mind the extra ink – here are some colored ones: Colored task cards – make your own!
I’ve had 2 different subs and both of them enjoyed the games – so did the kids!
Seriously – using task cards for substitute teachers is such a NO-BRAINER! What took me so looooong?!?!?