1st Grade Sub Tub

How To Use The Sub Tub:

Download the Binder Here

I am not going to lie to you. This tub takes some leg work. I spend one day each summer getting my tub ready. Not every link in on this web page is free, but all the directions for the tub are. This is just what I use, you can do what works for you.  It is worth it to me so that I do not have to make sub planes in an emergency. I have 2 young children and if one of them gets sick in the night and I have to call in, the last thing I want to be doing is making sub plans. 

This is something that works for me and my coworkers, and I love sharing with other teachers. Keep what you like and make a tub that works for you. I Hope you find some of this helpful. 

Morning Work Tab

  • This would be busy work for when the students walk in, until the sub is ready to start the day. If you already have morning work you like go ahead and print off 5 or 6 pages. Paper clip them together and stick them into the morning work tab. They will only need one page for each day you are gone so this should last in your tub for a wile. 

  • If you need some morning work I have linked 2 websites below. You can print around 5 free worksheets each month an education.com and Mungfali is free. ​​Just click on the images below!

              ELA Tab

In my ELA Tab I put books and a activity sheet. I do this because I feel like it takes up a lot of time. I want my kids to stay busy for about an hour. Then in the extra work tab I will add a bunch of ELA work sheets for the students to do if they finish early. 

How to use these plans in your ELA tab:

Download the activities. You will see a page that tells you how to do the activity. You will also see a link to the book on YouTube, you can use this if you don't want to buy the books. I have made options for you to chose from depending on what is needed for your grade level. I have 4 books linked now check back in a month or so and I will have new ones added. I try to update regularly

  • Sub activity for the book " In My Heart" lesson and directions found HERE

  • Sub activity for the book " Spoon" lesson and directions found HERE

  • Sub activity for the book " It Came In The Mail" lesson and directions found HERE

  • Sub activity for the book " Giraffes Can't Dance" lesson and directions found HERE

  • Sub activity for the book " Giraffes Can't Dance" lesson and directions found HERE

          Math Tab

This is what I put in my math Tab. I make easy to play review stations. They are meant to be simple and easy so that the kids can figure out how to do them with out you even being there. I have 4 games that they rotate through. These can be used all year in your tub because they should only play them on days when you need an emergency sub. I would leave directions in the math tab on how to play the games. I will link and example of this. You can copy mine or make one that makes sense to you. Then leave extra math papers in the extra work tab.    

How to use these plans in your math tab:

Download the activities. Below you will find 4 games and the students will rotate around the room ever 20 min and play each game one time. This would fell up an hour. 

  1. Free addition games. This has 4 different no prep games! perfect for a sub. These games start out easy and then get harder. So you can changes them as your students get more advanced. I would print all 4 and put them in baggies or folders to separate them.  HERE

  2. Coloring station, this website is amazing! I would print 6 or 7 class sets and paper clip them together for the sub to grab easily.  Free color by addition Found HERE

  3. This is a easy no prep board game. I did have to put in my email to get it but then I was able to download it instantly. I would but this in a bag with some pennies to use as game pieces and it is ready to go! HERE

  4. This game is amazing! It does cost $3.00 but it is a game my kids loved to play all year! It is easy prep and easy to play. I would make 2 sets so that 4 kids can play. (it is a 2 player game) I would put the cards in a baggie with the directions. HERE


          Extra Work Tab

Below you will find a list of websites to print busy work. Put this in your Extra Work Tab for the sub to use as needed. I print of around 10 worksheets for ELA and 10 for Math. I go ahead and make class sets of these print outs so that the sub has them ready to go. It is a lot of printing, but once it is done you don't have to do it the rest of the year unless your run out for some reason. I have never run out. 

This website is so cool! you can find FREE and themed color by number worksheet! Find your grade level and find what works for you.  They even have different topics you can pick from! HERE


 What I do for science and Social Studies

Science and social Studies is so hard to plan ahead for. It changes so regularly and takes a very specific prep. At our school it is the last 30 to 40 mins of the day. These plans are made with the idea that they will need to be used unexpectedly. So it is hard to anticipate what you will need for these subjects. With that said I have fun activity games in this tab. I have task cards that can be used over and over each time I am out. It is fun for the kids and easy for the sub. I will link the games below. 
  • What IF task cards HERE. This one is a little price at $4.00 but it would work wonderful and keep the kids busy. I would have the kids set on the floor and have the sub read a task card. Let the students talk to a shoulder partner about the question and then after 2 minuets they can share out with the class. I would just leve direction in a baggie with the cards. 

  • Free Task Cards HERE. This one is free

  • Wiggle Break task cards HERE. Go to the bottom of the page a click download printable and it comes right up.