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Multiples Tic Tac Toe

Sometimes the best ideas are the most simple! I love a quick mental maths game like this one! Games can be a great way to start, break up  or end a lesson. I especially like it when they don't require a whole lot of resources either. Tic Tac Toe - Multiples of ____ To play, either choose a number for the whole class to use or have students roll a die to determine the number. Students take turns writing multiples of that number in a grid. The first person to get 3 in a row wins! Students can use scrap pieces of paper or whiteboards to
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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

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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Folded Paper Bookmarks

My year 2s made these folded paper bookmarks on Friday.   We followed the directions found on this page: http://www.ctbakerintheacres.com/2012/02/14-lovely-days-day-2.html I made some examples to show them first. These would be handy to have on hand in your relief teaching folder too! All you need is paper, scissors, and pencils for decorating. There is no need for photocopied templates which makes it easy. They had to really read and follow the directions carefully but they were all able to make them by themselves. I think they did a fantastic job! &
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Quiet Critters

At the beginning of the year I made Quiet Critters to use in the classroom. The students love them! I only bring them out sparingly, and only during those times when students need to be working quietly by themselves. Quiet Critters live in a soundproof jar and only come out when it's quiet. Loud noises hurt their ears, but whispering is ok. They love to sit on students' desks to watch and learn from the students. They don't mind being patted but they get scared if anyone picks them up or tries to play with them. When I take them out of the jar I place them on the top left hand side of the desk. If the student is too loud or starts to play with them, the Quiet Critter gets moved to the other side of their desk. If they continue to be loud they go back into their jar.

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Christmas Catalogue Maths

I love using catalogues in the classroom. There are so many different activities you can use them for. One idea is to have students create a Christmas shopping list for their family or friends. Ask students to bring in their junk mail or ask your local stores if you could have a pile of their catalogues for your classroom. Give students a budget ($200 is a good amount) and have students imagine what they would buy for their family members if they were given this amount of money. They can then go through the catalogues to choose items for each family member, cutting, pasting & calculating the cost, and how much change they would receive at the end. Challenge them to try to get as close to the set amount as possible, without going over! Early finishers could then create a wish list of their
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Keeping Track of Books You Have Read

Relief Teacher Tip I keep a post it note in the inside cover of the books that I read to classes. I record which classes I've read the book to & which ones I've done an activity with the book too. It's an easy way to keep track of which classes you've done what with! I also have a checklist of activities and classes, that I keep in my folder. The post it notes are just a quick way to check when I'm choosing books to pack for the
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Fractured Colouring In Art Work

Here is a simple art idea, focusing on shape and colour choice. Print off some simple drawings for students to choose from. I find that animal outlines work the best but you could also use pictures of transport, fruit, people, maps of countries (map of Australia turns out well), or other simple outlines. Have students use a ruler to draw lines across the picture. The more lines, the smaller the sections will be. 15-20 lines are usually good for an A4 sized picture. Discuss colour choice with students. What colour combinations complement each other? Which colours contrast? Discuss warm and cool colours. For my example I have chosen warm colours for inside the picture and cool colours for around it. After students have coloured each section you can mount it on black or white card to fram
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Spelling Tic Tac Toe

This is one of my favourite spelling activities. Most students already know how to play the traditional version of Tic Tac Toe so it's an easy one to introduce to classes. They can play on paper or on mini whiteboards. Students play in pairs and take turns writing the word that they need the most practice with, into a box on the grid. First to get 3 in a row wins that round. Students can choose a different word to practice for each round. The student who wins the most rounds is the wi
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Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

What a delightful, whimsical book! The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert* uses the shapes and colours of different leaves as inspiration for its illustrations. The story explores where the mythical 'Leaf Man' goes whenever the wind blows. This gorgeous book was brought to my attention when I posted these photos of leaf creatures on my Facebook page. Pictures & craft ideas found here: http://atelierpourenfants.blogspot.com.au/2010/06/des-feuilles-tres-tres-chouettes.html?m=1 and here: http://spoonful.com/crafts/foliage-friends One of our members mentioned that they had read The Leaf Man to their class and then used it as inspiration to create similar pictures. I ordered the book soon after! I think it would make a lovely afternoon of reading, collecting leaves and then creating leaf creatures.. Students could also use their pictures as a writing prompt for a story or poem. I will post photos of some leaf creatures that I have made soon!   *This post contains an affiliate link,

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Roll a 6!

Did you ever play the Chocolate Game? It was a very popular birthday party game when I was at primary school. You would take turns rolling a die. If you rolled a 6 you would dress up in a silly costume & then use a knife & fork to cut & eat from a block of chocolate. It was a noisy, fast paced game, and we all loved it! This is NOT that game but reminds me a little of it. Roll a 6! Equipment Each group will need: - 1 piece of paper - 1 die - 1 pencil How to Play - Divide class into groups of 4 or 5 - Hand out equipment needed - Students sit in a circle - Students take turns rolling the die - If they roll a 6 they start writing the numbers 1 - 100 on the piece of paper. -

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The Black Book of Colours

The Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin is the most unique picture book I've come across. Unlike traditional picture books about colours, this book invites readers to imagine colours through the perspective of a blind person, using a person's senses to describe each colour, rather than using bright, colourful pictures. "Red is sour like unripe strawberries and as sweet as watermelon. It hurts when he finds it on his scraped knee." All of the illustrations are black and raised on a black background, and the text is written in both English and Braille. The descriptions of each colour are sweet and childlike, and you can't help but to touch all of the beautifully designed illustrations and Braille on each page. There is even a full Braille alphabet on the back page for you and your students to have a look at and touch. Kathy, one of the members of

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Rainbow Squiggle Line Drawing

By Emma Hessel When I saw this idea on Relief Teaching Ideas, I just had to try it in the art room! The beauty of this activity is that it’s adaptable to most year levels. I’ve delivered this lesson to students between year 1 and 6 with success. The younger years may not be able to achieve quite the same impact as years 5 or 6, but they sure give it a red hot go! I start this lesson by telling the children we will be doing a line drawing, and show them my own drawing I had prepared earlier. Their faces light up as they take in the psychedelic colours and patterns produced by a simple squiggle! Students only need an A4 piece of paper and a marker to draw their squiggle, followed by twistable crayons or pencils for the colouring. I demonstrate the technique on the board, drawing

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Concertina Changing Pictures

I love an activity that only requires basic materials like A4 paper, pencils, rulers, scissors and glue. These concertina pictures are a perfect example of how simple materials can create great results. When you look at them straight on the pictures are mixed up. When you look from either side a different picture is revealed! They can be a bit fiddly to piece together so I would recommend this activity for years 4 and up. Some year 3 classes may be okay to do this too. Here are a few ideas for pictures: - showing changes in seasons - as a follow up to reading the book 'My Place' by Nadia Wheatley, showing a house or scene changed over time - a dormant and active volcano - a face showing two different emotions - a clean and polluted environment - sunrise and day time - night and day - a

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Compound Words Foldable

Here is a simple foldable, that students can make, to demonstrate compound words. You can also use this same foldable to show contractions. All you need is A4 paper, scissors, and pen
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Casual Relief Teaching Helpful Tips, Forms & Checklists

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I've just uploaded a new product to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store - 'Casual Relief Teaching - Tips, Helpful Forms & Checklists'. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Casual-Relief-Teaching-Tips-Helpful-Forms-and-Checklists-1179364 These forms and checklists are all resources that I have used myself, and I find them really helpful in keeping me organised. I hope that you find them just as us
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Number Sense Craftivity

- Students trace their hands, cut out & glue down onto A3 paper, except for the fingers! They can then make sums to 10 by folding the fingers down & counting, and recording the sums underneath. Older students can use this craft to learn the 9 times table finger trick! Fold down the finger that you are multiplying 9 by (e.g. For 6x9 you would fold down the 6th finger). Count how many fingers are to the left of that folded down finger (5) & how many are to the right of that finger (4). That is your answer! 6 x 9 = 54! I originally saw this idea on this page: http://kindergartendoodles.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/building-number-sense.html?m=1 but I didn't have a cricut machine to make the hands. Instead the kids trace their own hands to work with. I also decided to get them to record their sums underneath as a way to consolidate

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Liebster Award – My Nominations

Yesterday I posted about being nominated for a Liebster Award by Mel the Literacy Coach. Today I'm completing the 2nd part of the requirements. 3. Nominate 10 blogs with 300 followers or less. 4. Give your nominees 10 questions to answer. I really like this part because it gives me a chance to give a shout out to some fantastic blogs I've discovered recently. I have found inspiration, clever ideas, funny stories, and witty writing amongst this list of bloggers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! The 10 blogs that I have nominated are: A Primary School Teacher You Clever Monkey Teaching & Learning in the Primary Classroom Mrs Poultney's Ponderings Mrs Whary - The Teaching Fairy Smartchick Teacher's Blog My Mum the Teacher Little Green Teacher Heatheryish Focus on Math (I apologise if some of these blogs have more than 300 followers! I looked at

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Liebster Award – A Little Bit About Me

Thank you so much to Mel, from Mel the Literacy Coach, for nominating me for a Liebster Award!!! A Liebster Award is a blogging award, given by fellow bloggers. It's a great way to learn more about each other, build community, and help spread the word about lesser known, and up & coming blogs. I was so surprised & very excited to get her message. I'm not sure if you could even classify me as a blogger! I'm still very much a beginner at running a blog & Facebook page. Some things I love, like building a wonderful community of teachers who share so many great ideas. Other things, like trying to figure out Wordpress themes, not so much! I'm hoping that this year I'll be able to spend more time, & maybe even a little bit of money, to make this blog into the page that I have imagined

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Classroom Photos

I used to love setting up my room at the beginning of the year; I was refreshed after holidays, full of new ideas, and ready for a new school year! I would scour the Internet, looking for inspiration to turn my classroom into a place that both the students & I would love to spend our days in. A classroom that was colourful, without being too zany, a classroom that showcased the students' work, and also inspired them, and a classroom that was organised and made sense to everyone who worked in it. Before Pinterest I used to print off classroom photos I found on the Internet & make up a folder of things I wanted to try. Now it's so much easier with Pinterest. I've become slightly obsessed with clicking that little red 'pin it' button! While searching for photos I did notice that there weren't a huge amount

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Book Recommendations

I love books! So much in fact, that at one point I considered opening my own little book store. The economic realities of such a venture stopped me. I'm always looking for new books to add to my own private collection though. On my Facebook page we often have people asking for book recommendations. This post is something I've been wanting to do since I started Relief Teaching Ideas; create a list of book recommendations, made by teachers, for teachers! Thank you to all of those who contributed their favourite books that they like to use in the classroom. I've started compiling people's answers, adding them to some of my own, and now have this document to share. It is still very much a work in progress. There are so many more books that can be added and more learning opportunities that can be inspired by these pieces of literature!

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Who Stole the Cookie?

Fun Circle Game! "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?" I used to love playing this circle game when I was at school and now I have a book to read and an inference activity to go with the game! Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar? * by Jane Manning is a cute junior primary book that has interactive tabs on each page to see to pull to see if you can figure out who's hand is in the jar...piggy, kitty, bunny, dog or mouse? After reading the book, students can draw their own picture showing who stole the cookies, and then attach a second piece of paper to the top of their page to create a lift the flap. They can write three clues on the top page for others to use their inference skills to try to work out who stole the cookies! At the end

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Popular Facebook Posts – Special Ed

FOLLOWER QUESTION Kim asks: "Hi, I've just been asked to be school SEP- Special Ed teacher tomorrow and I don't know what to expect. Has anyone had much experience in this field?" Relief Teaching Ideas - I haven't had very much experience in this field but I would make an educated guess to say that the students would be working on a set program & activities would be left for them to do. I would also assume that there would be education assistants who would be working with you & they will be able to point you in the right direction as far as schedules, routines, student backgrounds & where resources are kept. Good luck! It sounds like a really good experience! I love the variety of classes & lessons that goes along with being a relief teacher! Sarah - I had a day in one today and it was

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Math Warm Up Game

Here's a super short post about a quick little maths game. I like it because it gets kids moving around, while practicing basic math facts! I find it works best for years 1-3 but I've even played it with some year 6's who thought it was a bit of fun! I guess it depends on the class you have! Here's how you play: - Have students move around/dance to music. - When the music stops, call out a question (like 3 + 4 or 10 - 5). - Students need to work out the answer & then touch the ground with that many body parts (e.g. 3 + 4 = 7... Place down 2 feet & 5 fingers or 2 feet, 1 elbow & 4 fingers) - Have students call out the answer & then start the music again for the next round. See what happens when you say 5

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Behaviour Management

Behaviour Management is a popular topic on our Facebook page. Students often act out when their usual teacher is away for the day. Here are some follower questions & the responses from other followers: Jennifer asks: "Hi all, does anyone have any behaviour management strategies for a 5/6 class? I feel like I've tried everything but they're just not working. I've kept them in at lunch, taken privileges away, tried to isolate them from other children, told them I'd be speaking to their class teacher and the deputy, but they refuse to listen. Today I sent one of them to another class, which I don't usually like to do because I don't want to involve other teachers, and asked him to fill out a behaviour reflection sheet. But we'll have to see how that goes. Some of them just aren't giving me the respect they should be. This is my

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Still Waters

Still Waters - A game to quieten K-3 students quickly *especially good to use before moving to a specialist lesson or assembly* 1. Tell the class that you will be playing a game called "Still Waters" throughout the day. They will know when the game starts when you say, "1,2,3,3,2,1 Still Waters has begun." 2. When they hear this they are to freeze and not say a word or move. 3. Time them to see how long they can stay still as a whole class.The goal is for them to break their best record. 4. You will hold your fist in the air and each time you see someone move or talk, you put a finger up and stop when you have all five up. Let the class know how many seconds they lasted for! 5. By this time you will have their attention and can give them instructions or

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South Australian Teachers – Registration Changes

*South Australian Teachers* - What type of Professional Development are you doing to meet the new requirements set by the Teachers Registration Board of SA? Teachers must now complete a minimum of 60 hours of PD to re-register. I went into a full panic when I heard this! It's hard to access PD when you're a relief teacher. After a few phone calls & emails, I'm feeling a little better about it now. I won't need to start recording my PD until 2015 but there are some of you who will be recording already. Easy PD is an app for teachers to keep a record of their professional development. It costs $0.99 but it's a handy way of keeping a record of activities, times & even photo evidence! You can also export your records via email. I'm not affiliated with the makers of this app, nor is this a sponsored

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What is the Question?

This is an activity that is usually used in maths but I think it also works really well as a revision tool! Simply write an answer on the board, students then write questions to match the answer on post it notes. They can read through their notes or handouts to help them. They can stick their questions around the board. Alternatively, they can write the answer in their books & list questions under or around it. You can use this activity to: - review a person, place or thing - look at a character or setting of a book the class has read - practice number sense (write a number as the answer & students need to write equations to equal that number.) I love how versatile & easy to set up this activity is! Hope you find it useful
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Pasta Skeletons

Here's a fun activity to do! After kids have been learning about the skeletal system, have them create a pasta skeleton. I bought as many different types of pasta as I could find at the grocery store. I gave students black card, glue & q-tips & let them choose what types of pasta they would use to come up with their own designs! They were allowed to refer to diagrams of the human skeleton, that they had in their health books & that I had displayed in the room. When the students were finished, they labelled their skeleton using lead pencil. I loved how each of their skeletons was un
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Simple Book Review Pamphlet

As a relief teacher you probably won't always have access to a photocopier. Here is a way for students to create a book report from a piece of white A4 paper. Depending on the age of the students, either you can fold the paper into 3 sections or you can show them how to do it. On the front cover students can design a new cover for the book they are reviewing. It needs to include the title, author and an illustration. On the inside cover students can list and draw the characters. They can also either describe or draw the setting. On the back cover they can give the book a rating. They can also give reasons for their rating. I hand out sticker stars (the type you get really cheaply at the grocery store or discount stores) for the students to use for their rating. They love using

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Seating Chart

Just a quick tip for any relief teachers out there! One of the first things I do when I go into a new classroom (after reading through the teacher's notes!) is draw up a quick seating chart. I will walk around & check for desk name tags, pencil cases or books with names on them, to help me fill out my chart. When I do the morning roll call, I double check that I have the correct names marked down. Knowing the students' names & where they sit is a HUGE help with behaviour manage
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Popcorn Maths

We're a little popcorn mad at the moment. My almost 3 year old has recently discovered the fun of making & eating popcorn from our air popper. A lot safer (but probably not as exciting) as the pot & oil my dad used to use! As kids, we used to stand around the stove, trying to catch the pieces flying out of the pot! When I saw this writing prompt idea from 'Apples to Appliqué' on Pinterest, the red & white popcorn box immediately caught my eye! http://applestoapplique.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/popcorn-writing.html?m=1 I thought it would make a fun maths activity. I had some popcorn boxes that I had bought from Woolworths. I found them near the party supplies, in case you were interested! I filled the popcorn boxes with crumpled up pieces of yellow and white paper. I didn't bother to make popcorn shapes but that would be cute if you had the

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Spring Forward Craft

Daylight savings kicked in for most Australian states this past weekend. I grew up in Western Australia, a state that doesn't have daylight savings. Since moving to Adelaide I would find myself confused every time it came around. Do I add or take away an hour? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE it! It's nice not to be woken up at 5am by the sun blazing through the windows. Someone, very helpfully, told me the trick to remember which way the clocks go - "Spring forward, Fall back". Since then I've managed not to get the clock change wrong. (Although it sometimes still takes a month or so until I change my car clock over!) To help kids remember which way the clocks change, I came up with this super simple clock craft. Students draw a clock face on the inner part of a paper plate. I prefer students draw

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Fraction Art

Students create a colourful art piece while learning about shape, symmetry & fractions! 1. Trace around a circle shape onto coloured paper. I used a plastic lid. If you don't have coloured paper, students can colour the circles in before they cut them out. 2. Cut the circles out. 3. Fold the circles into halves, quarters & eighths. 4. Cut along the fold lines to create fraction pieces. 5. Give students time to investigate & explore the fraction pieces. Discuss equivalent fractions (how many eighths fit into a half?) & practice adding & subtracting fractions. 6. When students are finished exploring, have them create a symmetrical picture using their fractions pieces. They don't need to use all of their pieces! They can glue their picture onto white or black paper/card. These make a fantastic bulletin board dis
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Place Value Envelopes – What’s My Number?

I just made these cards very simply by cutting up coloured paper, hand writing the numbers on them & then popped them into numbered envelopes. Students choose an envelope, sort & place the cards into the correct columns, and then practice writing & saying the large numbers. To make a more durable version, create the cards on the computer, print them on coloured paper and then lami
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Beat the Teacher – A Place Value Game

Students draw up a playing grid like the one pictured. You can get them to draw up more or less columns, depending on how big of a number you would like them to practice. The teacher takes out all of the picture cards from a deck of cards & then shuffles the remaining cards. The teacher then flips over one card at a time & calls it out. If the teacher flips a 10 that will be called out as a '0'. Students write the number called out in one of the columns. They need to decide where the best place it should go. The teacher will also do the same but without letting the students see. The teacher will continue drawing cards until all of the columns are filled out. The students and the teacher call out their final number. If the student has a higher number than the

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$100 Word Challenge!

    This is a simple concept, yet the kids love it! Students who are usually reluctant to do sums, are eager to work out how much their names add up to. Anyone that is lucky enough to have a 'x, y or z' in their name gets very excited! Discuss with the class if the length of their name always determines the amount it is worth. Is a short name always worth less? Is a longer name worth more? Challenge the students to see if they can come up with a word that has a value of exactly $100. Here are a few $100 words: elephants, straws, cousins, stress, explains, writing, squares Can you find more? Other ideas: - Add up their spelling words to see which is the most/least expensive. - Who can find the most expensive word in the dictionary? - Using an atlas, find the most/least

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Rotational Symmetry Names

Rotational Symmetry - the shape or image can be rotated and it still looks the same. In this activity students create a picture that has rotational symmetry, using their name as their starting point. It is a great activity to add to your relief teacher folder because it does not require any photocopying. The only materials needed are white paper & textas or coloured pencils to decorate. STEP ONE Trim an A4 or A3 piece of paper to make a square. I folded one corner over to make a triangle & then trimmed off the extra bit on the end. When I opened up the triangle, a square was left. STEP TWO Fold the piece of paper in half to make a rectangle. STEP THREE Fold it in half again, to make a square. STEP FOUR Fold over one corner to make a triangle. STEP FIVE With lead pencil, write

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Book Week Dress Up Reminder Stickers

Here is a little freebie for teachers who would like to stick a reminder into their students' diaries, about the upcoming book week dress up day. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Book-Week-Dress-Up-Day-Reminder-Labels-838449 These Reminder Labels have been designed to fit a sticker label size of 99.1mm x 34mm. I bought PPS Laser/Inkjet Copier Labels (16 per A4 Sheet) from Office Works. Avery Inkjet J8162 are also the same size. Simply choose the page you would like, place your label paper in your printer and then print off as many as you need! I hope you find them us
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The Sequel – A Writing Prompt

After you finish reading a book to the class (novel, short story or picture book) brainstorm with the class what they think happens to the characters next. - Do they live "happily ever after"? - Do they stay in the same place or move? - Who might they meet next? - Have they learnt from previous mistakes or events or will they repeat the same mistakes? - What adventure could they go on next? Discuss with the class how some sequels pick up right where the story ended, others skip years ahead & some are prequels, which tell the events that happened before the original story. They will need to decide where they want their story to start up from. Give students some time to talk to a partner or small group about their ideas. They could even sketch setting, characters & scenario ideas. Have them report back to the

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Mixed Up Fairy Tale Writing Prompt

I was inspired to create this FREE Mixed Up Fairy Tale Writing Prompt after reading 'The Great Fairy Tale Disaster' by David Conway. * In this book the Big Bad Wolf is fed up with blowing down houses. So off he goes in search of a new fairy tale to be in. Wearing the ball gown in Cinderella does not work and is embarrassing. Climbing up the beanstalk and seeing the giant scared the wolf, and getting kissed by the prince in Sleeping Beauty is not for the wolf at all. As the wolf runs from page to page the whole book of fairy tales becomes a great mixed up mess. It also goes perfectly with Mixed Up Fairy Tales by Hilary Robinson. * With this writing prompt, students roll a die four times. The first roll will decide their main character, the second the other characters, the third decides the

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Peggy by Anna Walker – Book Activity

Peggy by Anna Walker (nominated for Early Childhood Book of the Year) is about a chicken named Peggy. A big gust of wind picks her up and blows her from her quiet street to the big city of Melbourne. She faces her fears & explores the busy city, seeing many new & exciting things, eventually finding her way home. After reading the book, flip through the book again & make a list with the students of all the things she saw and did on her adventure. Show the students how to write a diary entry (Dear diary....). Have students write a diary entry as if they were Peggy - describe what they saw & how they felt. They can then illustrate some of the highlights of Peggy's adven
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Group Work Noise Management

Love this tip from The Organized Classroom... Noise Management Tip for Group Work~ Use green, yellow, and red coloured cups for group work. When a table gets too loud, change the cup to yellow. If the table continues to be too loud, the cup gets changed to red; this means a loss of group time. Students now have to do their work independently and silently. This is great and won't punish the entire class! http://theorganizedclassroomblog.com/index.php/blog/cup-manag
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Top Tips for Relief Teachers

Click here: Top Tips for Relief Teachers to read a great list of tips for relief teachers, compiled with help from our Facebook follo
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Creative Book Activity – Windblown by Edouard Manceau

This is a great book to have in your Relief Teaching Bag! It is a simple story but a very clever idea. Windblown is the story of 7 scraps of paper that get tossed around by the wind, and then claimed by different animals. Each page shows how the same scraps create a different shaped animal. You can purchase the book here. (affiliate*) The wind plays the narrator & after all the animals disagree on who the paper belongs to, it ends up blowing & scattering all the pieces, asking the reader to make their own creation. At the back of the book is a web address where you can go to print off the 7 shapes. http://www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/docs/windblown-activity.pdf I love seeing what animals the kids come up with! A little tip to save on paper...print one copy off & then trace the number of shapes you need on the coloured paper. Alternatively,

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The Terrible Suitcase Activity

BOOK WEEK Activity The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen has been nominated for Early Childhood Book of the Year. Here's an idea to do after reading the book. Students can make a suitcase with some coloured & white A4 paper, scissors & glue. Inside have them write or draw what they would pack if they were going into space. Instead of "The Terrible Suitcase", they can give their suitcase a different name & write it on the front. After they finish you can play the "I'm Going Into Space" game. Quick Game - I'm Going Into Space Packed up a little early? Have a spare 5 minutes? Here's a game that requires no equipment & can be adapted to suit the class. Tell the students that you're going into space. You have an empty rocket that has room to fit them all but they need to bring something special on

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STOP – Class Noise Warning System

When children are working & they don't have to be silent but you don't want the noise levels to get too loud try this tip. Write STOP on the board in large letters. Every time the noise levels get too loud, wipe one of the letters off. Once all the letters are rubbed off the class has to work sile
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Egg Carton Shake Up!

Here's a fun way for kids to practice their math facts & also reuse egg cartons!* -To prepare the egg carton, simply number the bottom of each space 1-12. -Pop two counters into the egg carton. -In pairs (or even groups of 3 or 4) students take turns shaking the egg carton. - They then place the egg carton right side up & open it to see where the counters ended up. - On a sheet of paper record the numbers the counters are on, multiplying them for their score. - Add scores as they go. - First player to 200 (or whatever number you set) is the winner! *Remember to check for egg allergies in the class before using egg car
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Curious Ferdinand & His Magic Spectacles by Anna Fienberg

'The Magnificent Nose & Other Marvels' by Anna Fienberg is a compilation of stories about five children who each have some sort of remarkable gift. One of my university lecturers introduced me to this book. I loved it so much, I went & bought a copy of it that same week & have used it with a wide range of year levels since. One of the stories is about a little boy named Ferdinand. He comes across a pair of magic spectacles that give him the remarkable ability to see the inner workings of people's bodies & what is ailing or hurting them. Things like broken bones, fevers or even an inflamed appendix. He ends up helping the Prime Minister, who has an itchy ear & brain, when he sees & removes a spider from his ear! After reading the story brainstorm with the class other powers a magical set

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Simon Says Draw!

This is a great listening & giving instructions activity. It's also a bit of fun. :) Without letting the students see your work, draw and call out instructions for them to copy. Try to make some instructions more specific than others. Also throw in a few instructions that don't begin with 'Simon Says' to see how carefully the students are listening! Eg - Simon says draw a large blue rectangle - Simon Says to draw eyes towards the top of the rectangle - Draw a yellow oval in the bottom right hand corner of the rectangle - Simon says to draw orange spikes coming out from the top of the rectangle - Simon says to draw a green triangle in the centre of the rectangle When you've finished your drawing get everyone to reveal their pictures. Who had the same picture? Who didn't? Discuss which instructions were the easier or

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