Your Substitute Teacher Worries Are Over!


The holiday season is upon us and unfortunately so is flu season, with the pandemic in full swing to boot. Staying home sick means one thing – substitute teachers. Most of the teachers we know dread missing a day of class.

In a perfect world, teachers will leave an outline of their lesson plan for the days they are out. Of course, if this was a perfect world, you wouldn’t have the flu, now, would you?

Teachers know that the school year isn’t long enough to begin with to adequately teach everything in the curriculum. Missing a day of teaching due to illness, while a substitute shows movies all day, only sets back the lesson plan.

So, what do you do when it is near the end of the school day, you have a splitting headache and you know there is NO WAY you are going to make it in tomorrow? Write a lesson plan? Your fever is so high you can barely see the paper, much less focus on fractions!

What if you ARE the substitute teacher and the teacher who woke up sick this morning didn’t leave a written lesson plan because she knew what she planned on doing this morning (and it sure as heck wasn’t laying in bed with the flu!). This is where comes to the rescue! Having access to our games and resources can remove unwanted stress of not leaving a lesson plan ready.

Emergency lesson plan in 10 minutes or less

NOTE: The math here is at 3rd-4th grade level. For grades 5-6, substitute the Making Camp games with Forgotten Trail.

Math:  Students play  Making Camp Ojibwe for 15 minutes. Available free and you can play online. Let students pick their own username and password. (Not usually the way we do it but this is an emergency.)
Math:  Students watch video on estimation and the world’s largest Venus Fly Trap found under math videos.

Problem Solving: Estimate

History:  Watch these three videos on Native American culture found under culture videos:
Eagle Pits
Dakota Tracking Ability
Winter Time

Language Arts:  Write a paragraph summarizing one of the three videos that you watched on Native American culture.

Math:  Students play Making Camp Lakota for 15 minutes.

There you have it – Common Core aligned and cross-disciplinary subjects.

Could you do better in more than 10 minutes? Of course you could!
If you happen to be that substitute teacher who was left without a lesson plan, our games and resources are available covering math and Native American history. We also have Powerpoint presentations and other helpful teaching tools available under our “teacher resources” section, organized by game for Spirit Lake and Fish Lake.

The flu shouldn’t be the only reason to use our resources or games. Students can play our games or use our website in regular rotation, to help them improve their math skills. Best part is that the supplementary website is fun, educational and free!

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Forgotten Trail focuses on fractions and teaches about Ojibwe culture and modern, real-world applications of math. Make your way across the country. Navigate through mazes. Avoid skunks. Catch chickens. Watch a graphic novel come to life. See why math matters.

Normally five dollars, I slipped a link to get it free in above just to reward those of you who pay attention.

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