FREE Four quadrant graphing characters worksheets

Four-quadrant coordinate grid graphing was never so fun!  Your students will love creating graphs of famous characters as they practice this tricky skill.

Click here to access graphing worksheets of your students’ favorite characters.   Some examples:

A separate site has a great Spongebob Squarepants.

Too difficult for your students?  Have them work up to the challenge by practicing’s leveled four quadrant graphing puzzles.  There are three levels, based on the number of points to plot.  Go still more basic with one-quadrant ordered pair worksheets, the most commonly seen level in elementary standardized tests. is an excellent math worksheet generator that provides leveled practice in every math skill under the sun, at every level an elementary school teacher will need.  Click here to read a previous ClassAntics post extolling the benefits of this site.

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Posted in Academics,FREE Worksheets,Math by Corey Green @ Nov 26, 2012


Emergency Sub Plans

When you are too sick to teach, you are also too sick to drag yourself to school before dawn to create lesson plans, make copies, and organize for the day. Create Emergency Sub Plans so you don’t find yourself in this predicament.

Early in the school year, I restock my Emergency Sub Plans. I add worksheets, simple games, and packets that students can do if I am unexpectedly absent. The supply is large: it fills a crate-a-file. The selection is wide: I stock lessons in each of the major subjects, plus fun packets.

I supply the Emergency Sub Plans with lessons that students can complete at any time during the school year–nothing too difficult, whether it’s used in September or May.  For math, I leave review worksheets with puzzles to solve or pictures to color after you do the math. For reading comprehension, I use fun worksheets with interesting passages and questions. For writing, I tend to leave draw-and-write activities that keep kids engaged with minimal help from the teacher. A favorite is to design a tree house, then write about it.

I also created Super Seatwork packets for my Emergency Sub Plans. These packets consolidate worksheets for the 3 R’s (reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic) with fun worksheets involving dot-to-dot, hidden picture, puzzles of all sorts, mazes, and anything else I can find. The Super Seatwork packets are easy to grab if no sub is available and your class is split to spend the day with other teachers in the grade level.

Your Emergency Sub Plans can have more than just seatwork. I tuck fun read-alouds in the file so subs can read a story I know students haven’t heard. I have a separate place for simple games; I find them in file folder games books or books of reproducible board games.

You can leave a note for your sub to let the kids do special activities if it seems appropriate and they are behaving:

Educational board games

Free reading time (let the kids sit on the floor if they are being really good!)

Extra recess (a great way to make it through the last 20-30 minutes of the day)

Extra computer lab time (some schools have free space teachers can reserve: your sub could check before school, during special, or at lunch)

Spelling bee (leave a list or tell your sub where to find one)

Whatever else you can dream up!

IMPORTANT: don’t forget an ADMIN FILE in your Emergency Sub plans! Always have current copies of your class list, daily schedule, students who are pulled for special instruction, and especially allergies or physical conditions the sub needs to know about.

You might want to make notes in your lesson plan book to check the Emergency Sub Plans every few weeks or so.

IMPORTANT: make sure other teachers in your hall or grade level know where you keep your emergency sub plans. When you call for a sub the night before or day of your absence, send an email to the school secretary, copied to your grade level team, with instructions on your sub plans and notes for the day. Someone can print this and give it to the sub.

I hope Emergency Sub Plans help you as much as they have helped me.

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Posted in Classroom Management,Classroom setup,Substitutes,Tips for Teachers by Corey Green @ Nov 16, 2012


I’m Through! What Can I Do?

This workbook series by Creative Teaching Press helps you answer the age-old classroom management problem: kids finish work at different rates, and idle kids are naughty kids.

Each activity book is filled with thinking and learning tasks that challenge students’ reading, writing, math, and problem-solving skills. The worksheets take students the perfect amount of time: not so short that it was a waste of paper, not so long that frustration builds.

I use the I’m Through! What Can I Do! books for my Emergency Sub Plans. They are a great source of fun activities to keep kids engaged in my absence. The worksheets also make good challenges for daily classroom life.

A few ideas for using the activity books:

Put copies of the worksheets into page protectors and let kids do the worksheets with dry-erase marker or crayon. (Crayon rubs off many sheet protectors.)

Designate an area of the classroom for the Fast Finisher activity of the day.

Make things easier on yourself by not promising a daily Fast Finisher activity: set them out whenever you remember to copy a few.

Have a supply of class sets of Fast Finisher worksheets for when the class just doesn’t want to do traditional schoolwork. The half hour between a schoolwide assembly and the dismissal bell is a perfect time.

Level the Fast Finisher worksheets by using activities from books below, at and above grade level.

As you can see, there are many “I’m Through” titles to choose from.

More I’m Through, What Can I Do?, Grade 1
More I’m Through, What Can I Do?, Grade 2
More Im Through What Can I Do Grade 3
More I’m through, can do? Grade 4
Im Through What Can I -Grade 3-4 (Learning Works)
More I’m Through, What Can I Do?, Grade 5
Im Through What Can I -Grade 5-6 (Learning Works)
Learning Works I’m Through, What Can I Do? – Grade 5-8
More I’m Through! What Can I Do?, Grade 6

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Posted in Book Lists,Classroom Management,Tips for Teachers by Corey Green @ Nov 8, 2012