Relief Teaching Ideas

Sharing ideas to help make relief teaching fun, enjoyable, and meaningful.

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Mr Potato Head Good Behaviour Reward


Similar to the Jigsaw Puzzle idea, students work as a class to earn parts for Mr Potato Head. When he is complete they earn a predetermined class reward like an early recess or pack up early for a game.

Here’s where I found this great idea:

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I Spy With My Little Eye


Perfect to play when the students have packed up & you still have 5 minutes until the end of the day.
Either put up on the Smartboard, Data Projector or print & enlarge onto two A3 pieces of paper.

This would also make a fantastic barrier game. Hand out the sheet to all students. Students pair up & put upright books in between them so they can’t see each others page. They then take turns calling out instructions for both of them to do – eg: “Colour the love heart yellow.” When time is up they can compare their pictures to see if they’re the same.

Link to the ‘Just Something I Made’ page & PDF:


Area Dice Game


A game for 2 or 3 players.
Each player chooses a colour pencil or texta they will use in the game.
Players take turns rolling the dice, using the numbers that they rolled to draw the perimeter of a rectangle or square & writing the area in the middle of the shape.
Game ends when players run out of room to draw.
Winner is the player who has used the largest area/most squares.

This game is an old favourite. I used to play it when I was at school!

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Class Good Behaviour Incentive – Complete the Jigsaw


The class earns pieces to the puzzle when they are all working well. When the puzzle is complete they can have a predetermined reward like packing up early for a fitness game.
A classroom teacher could choose a larger puzzle & a bigger class reward like an end of term movie or class party.

*Attach magnetic strip to the back of puzzle pieces or use blu-tak so it can easily be put up on the whiteboard.

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Secret Code Spelling


You could use this free downloadable sheet to write a secret message on the whiteboard. Using the sheet, which student can decipher it first?
Have students write out their own words or messages for others to decipher.
Students can also create their own secret codes with different symbols.

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Glossary Crossword

– A great reading, spelling & vocabulary lesson! I keep a graph book in my relief folder for activities like this…


Students choose a non-fiction book that has a glossary at the back – preferably on a topic that they are studying in class!
Show them how to make a crossword ; drawing the boxes, linking the words, numbering the boxes & then listing the clues at the bottom.
Students use the words & definitions found in the glossary to create their crossword.
When finished they can swap with another student to complete.