Frequently Asked Questions

What grade levels do you serve?

Currently Daybreak Lesson Plans offers resources for teachers of Kindergarten through 5th grade.

What content areas are covered on your site?

We offer ELA resources and fully scripted lesson plans, math resources and fully scripted lesson plans, ELA lessons integrated with a earth, life, or physical science themes, and newcomer/ELL lesson plans and resources. All of our ELA resources contain both reading and writing segments.

Are your plans for substitute teachers or classroom teachers?

Our plans are fully scripted with the intent of being a resource to anyone who picks them up. They are initially intended for either a substitute teacher or teachers new to the field or grade level. However, our plans are loaded with great lesson ideas, games/activities, and printables that can be used by even the most seasoned educator. Just because our plans are scripted, doesn’t mean they would need to be used as such!

Why are all of your plans scripted?

Substitute requirements vary greatly from state to state and even district to district. Some states only require a high school diploma to sub, whereas others require some teaching credentials. Teachers require licenses to prepare and administer content so that it is being done correctly. At Daybreak Lesson Plans all of our lessons are fully scripted by actual seasoned teachers across the US. We align all lessons to the CCSS and select teaching strategies, vocabulary, and activities based on current best practice. Our plans offer the foundation necessary to properly teach content on a particular standard. Substitutes obviously have the option to either read the plan verbatim, much like a script, or to skim the plan as a model or guide of how a certified teacher would present the content. We feel that knowledge is power, we are arming your substitutes with ELL tips/strategies, Differentiation tips/strategies, classroom management techniques, as well as current methods of instruction.

How do I determine how much content to download for a full day absence?

We offer segmented half day plans containing 2-4 segments each 30-90 minutes in length. We suggest picking a half day ELA plan and a half day math plan to fill a day of instruction for your substitute. Every school and teacher has a unique daily schedule, so you can decide how to tell your substitute to use the content.

  • Option A: Following your daily bell schedule have your substitute teach the math half day in the morning, working through one segment at a time until time runs out. Then begin the ELA half day in the afternoon. *Make note for your substitute to stop instruction for specials like gym, art, music etc, lunch, and recess.
  • Option B: Following your daily bell schedule have your substitute teach 1 ELA segment, then 1 Math segment, alternating this way until there is no time left in the day. *Make note for your substitute to stop instruction for specials like gym, art, music etc, lunch, and recess.
  • Option C: Following your daily bell schedule have your substitute teach selected segments of the ELA half day plan (or purchase 1-hour versions) or math half days during your designated ELA and math blocks and provide them with another activity/lesson of your own to meet any other subject areas like S.S., Health, Science, etc. *Make note for your substitute to stop instruction for specials like gym, art, music etc, lunch, and recess.

Using our Classroom Logistic Page is a great way to map out your daily schedule and indicate which lesson to be covered when!

What if my students aren’t performing on grade level?

You are free to search through any grade levels lessons and resources. Select a plan from the previous grade level as a review of the previous years skills or select a plan from the grade level above as a challenge for more advanced students.

I don’t like the idea of a substitute teaching my students new content. What do you recommend?

We totally understand that in your classroom you want things to be covered in the way you would cover them. We would recommend that you select a lesson that reviews something you have previously taught that you would like your students to review and practice. Or select a lesson from the grade level below. This will allow your students a refresher of what they previously learned, almost like building background before you return and present your students with new content for your particular grade level.

Do all of your lesson plans required printing?

We have noted in the description section of each lesson plan any printable that is required and also identified any that are optional. Most of the time an ELA text is the only truly required printable resource. The rest of the printables could easily be projected using a document camera for students to duplicate/copy on blank paper. We provide the printable resources for ease of use. If a teacher is able to print all of the printable resources it will simply save time during the lesson if students do not need to copy a handout onto blank paper.

How can I become a lesson writer for Daybreak lesson plans?

We are always looking for certified and experienced K-5 teachers with a strong foundation in ELA or Math. If you are interested in starting the process of becoming a lesson writer please email your interest to