Stepping in For the Day

This post will explore the different resources that I found that have helped me develop my current tub of “tricks” for being a substitute teacher.

Substitute Teacher Tub (SubTub)

One Extra Degree

Sub Hub Online

Corkboard Connections

Teachers Pay Teacher $6.00 resource – 124 pages of a Substitute teacher activities and tricks. This was a strong tool that I used while I was creating my Sub Tub


Resources: Pinterest Boards By Seusstastic

Bucket Fillers

General Classroom Crafts

Teaching Blogs

List of Books to Read

Free Lessons

Lesson Plans

Number Talks

For Educators

Best of Arts Ed – All Grades

Free K-3 Literacy Sources


Future Substitute Teacher Binder

One day, I plan to have a binder that lays out anything that a teacher may need to know when stepping in for the day as the full time teacher. I found  cute title pages for this binder on Teacher Pay Teacher. It was a free resource and a wonderful outline of important sections to have in a binder so any substitute teacher who needs to, can come and run your classroom efficiently.

Template For Sub Binder

Template For Sub Binder – Beach Theme



ESST 310 Community Supports Unit Plan

We were asked to create a Unit plan for our ESST class based on a topic of choice. I chose to create a unit on Grade Three Community Supports. Feel free to take a look at this unit. I plan to continue to develop this unit as time continues, but for now, here is my Unit Plan.

Community Supports Unit Plan – Grade Three

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

Resources From Classmates

In the Fall 2015 semester, section 30 of the Elementary Education program at the U of R as worked hard to create multiple resources and unit plans for different disciplines and grades. I wanted to collect them on a post for my blog, so that I can look back at them and use them in my future teaching. Thank you to all classmates who created these resources!  I plan to continue to add resources to this list as I continue in the semester and year.

EMTH 310 Themed Tasks

Grade 1

Grouping, Patterns and Sorting Dinosaurs

Snowflakes Theme Task 1    Snowflakes Theme Task 2   Snow Flakes Theme Task 3

Buttons Themed Task 1    Buttons Themed Task 2    Buttons Themed Task 3

Seasons Themed Task 1    Seasons Themed Task 2    Seasons Themed Task 3


Grade 2

2D & 3D Shapes Version 1:    Themed Task 1    Themed Task 2

2D & 3D Shapes Version 2:    Themed Task 1    Themed Task 2   Themed Task 3 

Grade 3
Number Outcomes: Themed Task 1    Themed Task 2   Themed Task 3 

Grade 4

Mirrors and Reflection Themed Tasks 1-3

Grocery Games Theme:   Task 1    Task 2

Grade 5

Perimeter and Area Themed Tasks 1-3

Building a Town Theme


Lesson as Planned: Teaching Physical Education

In our EPE class, we were asked to take all of the knowledge that we have acquired over the semester and use it to create a lesson plan for a physical education class. I really enjoyed making this lesson plan because I gained a large quantity of new knowledge about teaching physical education over the semester and I was excited to demonstrate my learning. The lesson that I created was for a grade four physical education class. I hope that you find it interesting and very different from a standard physical education class.

Skipping and Rhythmic Movements

Please feel free to comment with different ideas and  modifications! Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

Technology in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

In my EMTH 310 class we were asked to write a research essay on a trend or issue in regard to teaching and learning mathematics. I chose to write my essay about technology’s role and impact on how mathematics is being taught and learned. I think that technology is a huge part of our everyday learning and it especially has a great impact on learning and teaching mathematics. I am glad that I was able do some research on this topic because it allowed me to think about what impacts the teaching and learning of mathematics. I also appreciate this research because it has opened my eyes to what I can do in a mathematics classroom to ensure that my students are engaged as well as they  understand the content that we are learning. Feel free to check out my essay as it is posted below.

Technology in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

Understanding Outcomes Presentations

Our first evaluation in ESST was focused around a presentation that helped us understand a certain outcome. I wanted to make sure that for future reference that I have all of my classmates presentation topics and ideas to help me when I am developing lessons. The purpose of the blog post is not to dive into the different topics that were explored but instead to have a reference for future to use these ideas. Please feel free to click on any of the links below and explore the different topics that my classmates created small activities on.

Grade Outcomes Link to Handouts
2 DR2.3
3 DR3.1 Teaching the Outcome – Resource Package
3 DR3.1 Miss Kohuch’s Blog – Understanding Outcomes Presentation
3 DR3.1 Miss Duarte’s Guide to Learning – Understanding Outcomes Presentation
1 PA1.1 & PA2.2 Grade One Power and Authority
1 DR1.3 Grade One Dynamic Relationships
3 IN3.3 Grade Three: Interactions and Interdependence of Nations
K DRK.1, DRK.2, DRK.3 Kindergarten Dynamic Relationships Outcomes
2 PA2.1 Grade Two Power and Authority
K INK.1 Kindergarten Interaction and Interdependence Outcome
2 IN2.1


Our section evaluation piece was based on the creation of a creative set that would connect to the unit that you would be starting but also would present the information in such a way that would engage the students. These sets included:

  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Songs
  • Dances
  • Small Activities
  • Multimedia
  • Skits
  • Introduction to Unit Routine

Creative sets are a very important part of lesson planning because you need to grab your students interest in a topic before you start teaching the material. This will ensure that they are paying attention, actively engaging and ultimately creating meaning making. In my ECS 3o1 class, we were asked to come up with as many creative sets as we could. Some ideas that came up included:

Creative Sets could be about: Voice, Actions, Interest, Intrigue and Wonder. The set should relate to the end of the lesson. What is it that I want them to know at the end of this lesson.


Topic Set Ideas
  • Make a sundial with class outside
  • Make a large clock on the floor for a phys. ed game.
  • World Clocks
  • Big Comfy Couch (Learn about Clocks with Molly)
  • Show clock segment from “Hook”
  • Exploration box
  • Make your room into the habitat that you are learning about.
  • Building miniature habitats
  • class pet (fish – one time show)
  • nature walk
  • Animal planet interactive habitat CD (mid 2000’s)
  • Poetry Scavenger Hunt
  • Drama-Read poem and then act it out
  • Children making slam poems rap
  • Music
  • Role Playing
  • Tooth Paste Activity
    • Two students, raced to empty a toothpaste, try to put back in relate to our words
  • Puppet Show
  • Video
  • Feeling Circles

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

UR Pride Presentation: Where Was I?

On November 23rd, our ESST class was cancelled as there was a LGBTQ community presentation happening. Many of my classmates attended this presentation; however, I did not. Thankfully I have a wonderful classmate who shared her wonderful experience, at the presentation, with me. I cannot directly comment on the presentation because I was not there, but a good reflection of the presentation can be found on Miss Waldbauer’s blog. I think that presentations such as this one, that focuses on inclusion and ensuring that teachers are aware of the important terms and concepts related to the LGBTQ community, is extremely important in order to have  a positive and safe classroom experience for all students. Below I wanted to share the presentation handout from the evening.

Photo Credit: Miss Waldbauer's Blog
Photo Credit: Miss Waldbauer’s Blog
Photo Credit: Miss Waldbauer’s Blog

While this presentation was on, I was at home working on a large unit plan that was due the next day. This unit plan was for my ESCI 310 class. The unit that I developed was Grade Five: Weather. This was a fun unit to prepare and create. I enjoyed exploring for engaging and educational activities that would help my students understand weather better through hands on experiences.

My weather unit can be found below as well as it is included in my Unit and Lesson Planning section of my blog. A full breakdown of my Weather Unit can be found here! I hope that you have a chance to check it out.

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!