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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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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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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