Here's a fun book-related activity in my Sub Tub that goes with “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” by Eric Litwin. The song that goes with the book can be found at http://www.petethecatbooks.com/songs/ but Pete is so popular that chances are, some of your students will already know the song. Along with the book, leave copies of a shoe outline coloring page and crayons. After reading the book, the students can color their shoes and write on their paper what Pete stepped in to make his shoes that color. The class can then make their own new Pete song, inserting each child’s new shoe color into the pattern of the story and singing the song about it...because it’s all good.
Alphabet Soup, Alphabet Soup,
What shall we put in the alphabet soup?
A, B, C, D, E, (continues until you hear signal)
Students sit in a circle and pass a ball(I use a yarn ball) around the circle to the steady beat. One student sits outside the circle with a drum or other instrument that everyone can hear. The student outside the circle signals for the ball to stop moving, the students answers with a word that starts with the letter they stopped on.,The student who answered switches with the signal person and the game continues. Yarn Ball instructions
This is a super simple emergency sub plan that’s great in a pinch, especially if you have a non-musical, non-tech savvy sub. Get a copy of “Miss Nelson is Missing” by Harry G. Allard. In the story, Miss Nelson goes missing and is replaced by the horrible Miss Viola Swamp. The kids wonder and imagine where in the world Miss Nelson is. This is where your sub comes in. Have them read the story and then pose the question, “So where do you think your music teacher is today?” Students can write a story, draw a picture, or create a comic strip. The stories your students come up with will surprise you!