How to Make Sub Plans with Google Sites | Digital Substitute Plans

Sub plans are a snap with Google Sites! First, attach your seating chart and schedule. Then link important classroom information. Finally, include your lesson plans. When you make your sub plans with Sites, you can even make changes from home. (No more running to school when you’re sick!)

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The bothersome sub binder, sub folder, or sub tub. It’s never ready when you need it. And it always needs updating. Every time you change desks or schedules, sub plans become obsolete. Google Sites can solve these problems.

Store Everything in One [Editable] Place

Maybe you use Google Drive to organize your seating chart or lesson plans. Or maybe you’ve gone the whole nine yards with a teacher dashboard. Yes,  Google Apps can manage your teaching life. Now it’s time to create a site for your substitute plans.

To create my sub site, I duplicated my teacher dashboard. (Click on the set of three dots next to the blue Publish button.)

Home Page with Seating Chart

Then I removed a few items the sub wouldn’t need. When finished, the home page held a seating chart, schedule, and links to important information.

Home Page with Daily Schedule and Information LInks

Link to Your Lesson Plans

Basic Plans

On my site, the sub can access weekly lesson plans. After all, what if I have to be out for an extended period of time?

Sub Site Page with Weekly Lesson Plans

Alternate Plans

I also linked alternate plans. This set of frog activities (also created with Google Sites) takes kids through an entire day of learning.

Alternate Plans Page Showing Link to Frogs Website

Happily, when I inserted pdfs from the resource, the links remained clickable. Awesome! The sub can simply click to access and share the corresponding student website.

Frogs Website Listening Page with Photo and Link to Video

She can also share paperless activities (editable Google Slides) by clicking these buttons.

Sub Plans with Google Sites Links to Paperless Options

Or she can download the document, print and copy student sheets.

Sample Student Sheet That Corresponds with Frogs Website - Frog Spit

Detailed Plans

If at all possible, I like to leave detailed plans. Sometimes that meant running to school early in the morning – when I was sick. Yuck. With Google Sites, you can simply add a page and write up your plans. Yes, this can be done from home! Notice how you can also link resources directly to the text.

Detailed Lesson Plans on Sub Site

Sometimes, I like to save my sub plans. But I don’t want other subs to see them. Hidden pages solve this problem. The icons with slashes through them indicate that people opening the site cannot see these. Only someone with the link can access the page.

Arrow Showing Where Icons with Slash

Here’s how you do it. Click on the three dots to the right of the page name. Then choose Hide from navigation in the dropdown menu.

Pages Dropdown Menu with Hide from Navigation Highlighted

Sub Plans with Google Sites Are Awesome

Why? Let me count the ways. You can:

  1. link to your Google Slides seating chart. Whenever you change it, the new file shows up on the site.
  2. add images of schedules and more.
  3. link to other important information. And if you’ve created it with Google Docs, its changes will also be automatically updated.
  4. share your digital lesson plans.
  5. add notes from anywhere anytime.
  6. provide alternate sub plans (or even make them yourself!)
  7. hide pages from viewers
  8. use it again the next year – with just a few changes.

Creating Sites will help your sub enjoy teaching your class.

Google Sites Organize Teaching

Google Sites can revolutionize your teaching life. Try making a Google Site today!

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