My favorite plan to leave for a sub is the FACEing Math activity. It takes most of my students two 42-minute periods to complete, is self-explanatory and easy for classroom management, provides review for students of concepts we’ve previously studied, and gives me great pictures to put on my walls!
Students complete 27 problems. Each problem is multiple choice with 2 answer choices so it’s moderately self-checking. The answer choice tells students what feature to draw on the face template or what color to make each feature. There are numerous FACEing Math books for all different levels, but my favorite is the “Create” books which are blank templates so you can put in the problems you want your students to do.
I know we are only supposed to put free resources on here, but this is money well spent. The author allows people to download the first lesson from each book for free, so I’m hoping not to violate any copyright laws by posting one of the templates from Create Book #2 for view. In honor of World Series Season, here is a FACE template that makes a Baseball player ( page 2) with the answer key (Lesson 16). You just need to look at the answer key to see which letter (A or B) the correct answer choice needs to be for the face to come out correctly.
My students really love this activity. They can talk quietly as they work. I require them to show work either on the worksheet or on another sheet. Even though all the students’ drawings should have the same facial features, each face will look unique. We have contests to see who has the silliest, neatest, most unique, etc face when finished. Students will need access to colored pencils or crayons and a pencil. I keep copies for emergency sub plans of content we’ve already studied so students can complete it independently.