So aside from the short quiz I was supposed to have them read for the entire day. I mean come on, really? I was able to round up some busy work from the other two teachers, but having a whole day with silent reading/ worksheets doesn't make for a great classroom environment.
So I did what any great sub would do, I improvised. I did a quick internet search and picked three writing prompts. If your curious these are the prompts that I had them choose from.
- Pick a country. You wake up in a strange country without knowing how you've gotten there. What happens next?
- You and your friend find a spaceship and go inside. What happens next?
- You find a secret passageway in the school. Where does it go?
So I had my kids choose to work on one of the prompts above. I let them work in pairs. And not only did it keep them busy, they were excited. So yeah, my day was saved. At the end of the day I also broke out one of my Vocabulary games for them to play,Dictionary Detective. I got the typical responses while introducing the game, like "How can you have a game with dictionaries?," but after the second round the majority of the class was engaged.
I've also decided to extend the time that I'm giving away my President Bookmarks. They will now be free until this Friday.