Quick and Easy Lesson Ideas

Relief teaching can be stressful at times! Some days you show up and no work has been set or resources haven't been left for the lessons planned. Relief teachers often need to think on their feet and come up with lessons on the spot. This booklet of ideas came from a competition we ran on our Facebook group. To enter, members posted their favourite activity that required little to no resources or preparation. You can download it here: Relief Teaching Ideas to the Rescue We were blown away with how many people responded! Thank you to all of the RTI members who contributed to this booklet. There were so many fantastic ideas shared. We will be trying a lot of them ourselves! I have decided to keep this as a free download. The ideas all came from our members who wanted to contribute to the book. This book belongs to all

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Message in a Bottle

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Does anyone else buy things because they want to use the packaging it comes in for a lesson? I bought this bottle of cordial (our family doesn't even drink cordial!) because I wanted to use it for a writing prompt. You can also buy similar bottles in discount stores. I just like the idea of reusing items. I usually start the lesson off by telling a story of how I was walking along the beach after a big storm. I describe how there was lots of debris and seaweed washed up on shore. Something caught my eye in one particular pile of seaweed. When I went over to investigate I was surprised to reveal this bottle. I was even more surprised to see that there was a note inside! You can also make the note inside look older by staining it with tea & crumpling it up. After telling my

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Textured Landscapes

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***Editor's Note: Thank you to the lovely Emma Hessel for writing this post. Emma is an admin over on our Relief Teaching Ideas Community Facebook Group. She is always sharing fantastic ideas and things that she has used in the classroom. I loved the Textured Landscapes that she shared on the Group page and she very kindly agreed to write up how she does them in the classroom.*** This is one of my favourite art lessons! I originally saw this idea here. Textured landscape drawings are lots of fun, and can be quite relaxing. I've used this lesson across several year levels. The drawings above were created by a year 5/6 class, and those below were kindergarten! Textured landscape drawing is a perfect art lesson for relief teachers as it only requires minimal materials - A4 paper and coloured markers. Usually students will have their own set of textas, or

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