Saturday, June 30, 2012

Blog Swap and Hop: Have Some Time to Fill? Mandy Has a Freebie for You!

A big Sub Hub welcome to Mandy of Mandy's Tips for Teachers!

You can find my Blog Swap and Hop at Lessons with Laughter.

I am so excited to be posting over here at Sub Hub! We are participating in the Top Teachers' Blog Swap and Hop. What a great opportunity to find new ideas and new blogs to follow!  

Before getting started, I want to take the time to introduce myself. My name is Mandy and I am the
author of Mandy's Tips for Teachers. I am getting ready to enter my 10th year of teaching. Typing that amazes me. I still feel like I am learning so much sometimes!! This year I will be teaching second grade, but I have taught second, third, and fourth grade in the past.

Here is a picture of my baby girl and me!

And, this is my blog: 

My post today is about time fillers and killers when subbing. Before I started teaching in my current district I was a a substitute in a different district.  Even though I had spent a good time with the kids in the class I subbed in, I hated when the plans ran short or when there was an odd few minutes. I have put together a few simple games that require very few materials (if any) to fill the time. Some are just for fun and can be a reward and others can be academic.

The three activities in the packet are:

Silent Ball. This game is a great way to end the day as a reward or spend a rainy day recess. Both boys and girls love it! The only material needed is a soft Nerf or squishy ball. I used one of those stress balls that was shaped like an apple.

Four Corners. Classic game with an academic twist.

Guess My Magic Number. This is a math game that kids love and develops number sense! Win-win situation!

Click on the picture to get a copy of all the three games and directions!

Also, a few months ago I blogged about how I organize all of my emergency sub materials into a handy binder. I didn't want to recycle an old post (it just didn't seem nice!), but thought it might be of some interest here.  If you would like to read more about it here.

I hope you enjoyed my post and find the games meaningful and useful. If you are not yet a follower of my blog, I am formally inviting you to come over check it out! Thanks so much for being with me here today. Enjoy the rest of your blog hopping adventure!

Thanks for having me, Rachel!


  1. I use to play silent ball with my 7th graders. It is a great way to get them focused and a fun way to transition them before they leave for their first period of the day (-;

    Thanks for sharing...I will keep hoppin' on..

    The 3AM Teacher
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  2. I'm having so much fun gathering great resources and finding blogs that are new to me! Thanks for the freebie, Mandy. I'm definitely adding that to my emergency sub plans.
    First Grade Found Me

  3. Four Corners is a favorite in my classroom! Thanks for sharing these time fillers with us! :)

    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

  4. Every teacher should have these great fillers and thrillers in their bag of things to do. Thanks so much for sharing a fantastic idea and your freebie! I am enjoying blog hopping today with all of you!

    Deb at Fabulously First
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  5. Thank you for sharing the time fillers with us! Love 4 Corners!
    Conversations in Literacy

  6. Thanks for sharing. It's great to have some new tricks.

    Grade School Giggles

  7. Loving this blog hop and finding new friends. I'm your newest follower! :-)

    2nd Grade Pad

  8. Great time fillers! I am going to share this link with my teachers as they prepare their sub folders for next year.

    Thinking Out Loud

  9. Oh my - those are awesome. My kids love four corners! Thanks bunches!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  10. Definitely printing and saving this document! Thanks for all the great ideas!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter


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