Instructional Materials and Book Ideas
To create the bags, you will need:
A few inexpensive, but durable bags as you want to reuse the bags for several years if possible.
Books- both children's literature and independent readers. Examples are, Who's Sick Today, and Miss Kindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten, (lesson plans for each book are in this article series). Also, include a follow-up to the reading, like writing a book summary, finding the beginning, middle and end of the story, or finding the story elements (dependent upon grade level).
Writing paper, a sharpened pencil, an alphabet chart and a word wall list- continue Writing Workshop and give students enough paper to write a story every day.
A few laminated word and math games that can be played independently and are self-correcting. For example, put an assortment of band-aids in a baggie and a blank graph. Students graph the number of band-aids in the bag.
A few worksheets- create a ten month folder system. Place one or two monthly themed worksheets and grade level worksheets inside of each folder to be assured that the worksheets can be done independently. For example, you wouldn't send home ABC practice for a sick Kindergarten student in May as it would be developmentally inappropriate in that month. In order to be prepared ahead of time, plan according to your theme, unit plans, and grade level ability.
A mini package of tissues- optional.
In addition, purchase a box of get-well soon cards. Before the parent takes the sick day kit home, have each student sign a get-well card and include it in the bag. It is good to model a caring classroom community. In addition, it is a practical way to create a get-well soon card in a minute's notice.