UPDATE: Check out my pinterest board here for sub plans I've pinned!
Normal game plan for my subs for an unprepared absence:
Assignment: Because of the time and preparation it takes for most art lessons, I like my sub plans to be simpler!
Students may “Free Draw” with no more than 2 pieces of paper front and back (located on the free draw shelf under TV). Students may use their pencil and crayons only! No scissors or gluing! They will try to use them.
NOTE: (I have student helpers in each class and they know who they are)
Procedure: Ask the Helper #1s to get a basket of crayons and Helper #2 to get paper for their table. Then call one table at a time to come to the shelf to get one material. (to avoid a traffic jam)
Instruction: As they work, they may get another drawing material after they are finished with the other. They do not have to draw. They may read or write. Be sure to go around the room and look at their work!! They may want to draw things they shouldn’t. Ask them questions about their work. They love to talk about it! All papers may be taken home.
Closing: With 5 minutes left at the end of class, ring the Bell 2x and ask Helper #1 to put away crayons and ask the students to give their materials to the Helper #2 to put away. Choose quiet tables to line up.
At line go over the “Art Marks” chart on the door. If they had a good Art day color in the next square by the teacher’s name GREEN, Okay day gets YELLOW, and bad day gets RED. Then grades K – 3rd may sing you the “ART SONG” and the older grades like to play line-up games.
"Free draw" is my go to for those sick days I don't plan to miss. Like the other day (I had strep).
During the week I missed for my honeymoon, my sub plans were much more detailed. The sub I had was wonderful because I had the chance to meet with her and go over my plans so all my students could stay on track. Which made all the difference. I would always suggest that if you are able to meet with your sub, do so. And request a specific sub (if you are able) to be the one they call first to sub for you. Though they may not always be able to get that person. But, my ultimate goal is to have a folder full of exciting one day "easy" art projects with simple materials for any sub to do.
Unfortunately I have to be gone for some inservices this coming week and am not looking forward to having my students fall behind. So here is my plea:
What are some good sub plans you have used that went well for both substitute and students?