# Small Activities for the Unexpecting Substitute

Whether you are a substitute teacher whose lessons fall short of filling up the day or a permanent classroom teacher whose days involve lots of little transitional moments, these lessons will work for you! Included: Ten great activities for substitutes and classroom teachers!

The following activities are the perfect addition to a substitute teacher's bag of tricks! Each is quick and easy, and most require only a few easy-to-find materials. Best of all, they're not just time fillers; they're mind fillers as well -- real lessons for real learning!

For additional tips and great activities for substitutes (or any teacher), see Substitute Survival: Tools You Can Use. Substitute teacher Peg Arseneaux digs into her personal "substitute survival kit" to share ideas with Education World readers!

Click on the lesson headline below to access a complete teaching resource. (Notations in parentheses indicate approximate grade levels for each activity.)

• Five-O
Students use logic and deductive reasoning to guess a word. (3-12)

• Bing!
Students combine spelling with a game of chance. (K-12)

• 7-Up
Students play a game in which they try to identify a student who has touched their thumb. (K-5)

• Around the World
Students play a game in which they practice timed math activities. (3-8)

• Think About It!
Students use logic, common sense, and creative thinking to solve a number of word problems. (3-8)

• The Dictionary Game
Students make up definitions for an unknown word and then try to guess the real definition. (3-8)

• Area Code Mathematics
Students solve math problems using an area code map from a local phone book. (3-12)

• Word-zles
Students solve a series of word puzzles. (3-12)

• Fun With Calendars
Students use the sum of four numbers to find dates on a calendar that form a square. (6-12)

• The Million \$ Mission
Students figure out whether it is more profitable to start with a penny and double their money every day for a month or to accept \$1 million on the first of the month. (3-12)

Linda Starr
Education World®