Preparing to TOC


With just over a week left until school starts I’m starting to get ready for the next stage in my journey to becoming a teacher. I’ve taken the task of creating a sub kit seriously, the last thing I want to happen is to show up at a school and have nothing to do with a class all day. To prevent this from ever happening I’ve spent some time with the help of my mom gathering the materials I will need to be successful.  I would love to know what others have or had in their sub kits. My plan is to have a small number of basic items in a tote bag and a larger bin or even 2 bins in the trunk of my car for days that I may need additional supplies.

In my bag I have :

  • Business cards
  • My School District ID
  • TOC day report sheets
  • Personalized name stamp ( Miss A Younger) , my SA had one for signing agendas and other daily signing and it saved her a lot of time at the end of the day.
  • My survival binder
    • A calendar
    • Lesson plans
    • Blank Graphic Organizers
    • Work sheets
      • Mapping
      • Math
      • Writing Prompts
    • Art Activities
      • Coloring pages
      • Directed Drawing
    • Thematic Activities
  • Magnetic Shape of The Day pieces for the board
  • Brightly colored white board pens
  • Pencil Case
    • pens in various colors
    • Pencils
    • Ereasers
    • Highlighter
    • Scissors
    • Glue Stick
    • Ruler
  • Stickers
  • Small Foam ball
  • Lunch , snacks, water bottle
  • Personal survival kit for any little emergency
  • Books for the day
  • My Ipad

In the bins in my car:

  • Most of my books
  • Inflatable globe
  • Gum boots
  • Running shoes and socks
  • Umbrella
  • Misc. Art Supplies
  • Gloves and a hat
  • Spare Glasses / Contacts

What do others have in their TOC kit that I don’t have?

As part of my kit. I’ve started a collection of picture books that I can use for students in a many age ranges and ability levels that can be used to to create a whole day if needed.

So far I’ve collected the following books:

  1. The Day The Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt
  2. The Day The Crayons Came Home, by Drew Daywalt
  3. Ann and Nan are Anagrams, by Mark Shulman & Adam McCauley
  4. The Hallo-Weiner, by Dav Pilkey
  5. Shin-Chi’s Canoe, By Nicola Campbell
  6. Shi-shi-etko, By Nicola Campbell
  7. The Dorbell Rang
  8. My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
  9. The Greedy Triangle
  10. The Lotus Seed
  11. Suki’s Kimono
  12. I’m Not Invited
  13. A Very Unusual Dog
  14. Miss Nelson Is Missing
  15. I Wish You More, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld
  16. If the World Were a Village, By David J. Smith
  17. And Here’s To You! , By David Elliott
  18. The Name Jar, By Yangsook Choi
  19. The Teddy Bear, By David McPhail
  20. Peace, By Wendy Anderson Halperin
  21. Meerkat Mail, By Emily Gravett
  22. Callie Cat, Ice Skater, By Eileen Spinelli
  23. Seal Song, By Andrea Spalding & Pascal Milelli
  24. Blizzard, By John Rocco
  25. You Get What You Get, By Julie Glassman
  26. The Voyageurs Paddle, by Kathy-jo Wargin
  27. Library Lion, By Michelle Knudsen
  28. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? , By Carol McCloud
  29. Ted Harrison O Canada
  30. The Sea-Thing Child, By Russel Hoban
  31. Canada from Above, By Heather Patterson
  32. The Biggest Fish in the Lake, By Margaret Carney
  33. Moondance, By Frank Asch
  34. Diary of a Fly, By Doreen Cronin
  35. Summer Jackson Grown Up, By Teresa E. Harris
  36. By Robert Munsch
    1. We Share Everything
    2. A Promise is a Promise
    3. Up,Up, Down
    4. No Clean Clothes
    5. Pyjama Day!
    6. Stephanie’s Ponytail


Some of my books are still coming from Amazon, I will post a photo of my book box when they all arrive. I am working on creating lesson plans for many of the books, some will be books to read for fun and to expose students to good literature while other books will be used to help develop students Reading Powers.

I am looking for some math puzzels or problems that can be used at a variety of grade levels to add to my TOC kit, does any one know of good math puzzles for students? I want something that will encourage creative problem solving and critical thinking skills.


Experienced TOCs what is in your kit? What do you bring with you to make your day go smoothly?

New TOCs what have you put in your kit to get started with? What do you think you’ll need?

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