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
Math: Students play Spirit Lake: The Game for 30 minutes.
Math: Students watch video on estimation and the world’s largest Venus Fly Trap found under math videos (or you could pick from one of our dozens of other math videos.) NOTE: MAKE SURE WE LINK TO OUR YOUTUBE MATH PLAYLISTS]
History: Pick three cultural videos on Native American or U.S. Latino culture found on our “culture playlists” [NOTE: MAKE SURE WE LINK TO OUR YOUTUBE CULTURE PLAYLISTS]
Language Arts: Write a paragraph summarizing one of the three culture videos that you watched.

There you have it – Common Core aligned and cross-disciplinary. Could you do better in more than 10 minutes? Of course you could, but you’re sick or you had a family emergency. It’s a pretty solid lesson given the circumstances.

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, Fish Lake and AzTech.

Of course, a substitute situation 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.