Since you must assume that the substitute teacher covering your classes for you on any given day will likely be a stranger to your classroom, it is in your best interest to make your substitute lesson plan as concrete as possible. Break down processes, such as transitions, for which you might only use shorthand when writing out your own plan

TASK/ACTIVITY TIME FOR EACH TASK/ACTIVITY

ENTRY TASK 5 to 10 minutes
Have students answer the following warm-up question (written on the board): “Name the factors that caused the Kingdom of Israel to split into two separate and distinct successor states by 922 B.C.”

INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY 10 minutes
Have students individually take time in class to review flashcards of geography terms for upcoming test on the geography of the Ancient Mediterranean Sea Region.

SMALL GROUP ACTIVITY 5 to 10 minutes
Have students break into their regular small groups, where their group leaders will facilitate a discussion of the warm-up question. Expect kids to exchange answers and add to their own.

LARGE GROUP ACTIVITY
Lead the class in discussion of the warm-up question, laying out the factors in detail, expanding on them as needed, over the course of the discussion.

CLOSING EXERCISE 5 to 10 minutes, as needed, and as time allows
Verbal comprehension check. Ask, “Let's recap: what did we learn today?” Write out student responses on overhead projector and review them with the class. Assign tomorrow's reading assignment for tonight's homework.

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