Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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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 silently!

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Egg Carton Shake Up!

Here’s a fun way for kids to practice their math facts & also reuse egg cartons!*

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-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 cartons.


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Curious Ferdinand & His Magic Spectacles by Anna Fienberg

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‘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!

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After reading the story brainstorm with the class other powers a magical set of spectacles could give them.
Do they:
– Turn invisible?
– Fly?
– Read minds?
– Talk to animals?

Hand out these ‘Crazy Glasses’ templates from Picklebums.
http://picklebums.com/2013/07/10/free-printable-crazy-glasses/

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The students can then decorate & make up a pair of their own magic spectacles, just like Ferdinand’s.

What special powers do their glasses give them?
Use these glasses as a writing prompt for students to write their own adventure.


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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.

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Who had the same picture?
Who didn’t?
Discuss which instructions were the easier or hardest to follow & why.

This can also be done as a partner barrier game or in small groups.


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9 Times Table Trick

This is one of my favourite times table strategies to teach kids. They get so excited when they see how it works!

– Have your hands out in front of you.
– Mentally number them 1-10, from left to right.
– Whichever number you are multiplying 9 by, place that finger down.
Eg. For 3 x 9 put your left hand middle finger down.
– How many fingers are to the left of the finger you placed down? How many are to the right? Put those 2 numbers side by side & that’s your answer!
Eg. For 3 x 9, the left middle finger is down. There are 2 fingers to the left, 7 to the right. 3 x 9 = 27

I tried to take photos to demonstrate this but it was a bit tricky by myself! Instead I searched & found this great link & photo for you to check out….

http://www.cometogetherkids.com/2012/01/cool-9-times-tables-trick.html?m=1

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Hope this little trick helps your students learn their 9 times tables!


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Pac Man

This is a simple game to revise facts. It can be used for any subject & doesn’t require any equipment!

1. Students spread around the room.
2. Teacher calls out a question.
3. Students put their hands up if they know the answer.
4. The first hand up to get it right moves one step closer to the nearest person standing next to them (or they can move away from someone!)
The goal is to tap the others on the shoulder and get them out of the game.
5.Teacher continues to call out questions.
6. The last person standing wins.

Some ideas for this game:
– times tables
– math facts
– spelling
– vocabulary definitions
– geography questions
– foreign language practice (eg: say the word in English, who knows how to say it in Japanese?)
– revision of a health, science or social studies unit


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Reading Across the Universe – Book Report

This year’s Book Week theme is ‘Reading Across the Universe.’

Here is a rocket themed book report outline that you can print & photocopy for your students.

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I recommend enlarging to A3 size because the rocket is on the small size! You can also cut the rocket out, add some cellophane or steamers to the bottom to make flames & then create a bulletin board display with stars, the moon & planets! The stars could be book recommendations students write for their peers.

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I have made two basic outlines. One with lines that could be used for ‘beginning, middle & end’ summaries or to write about the setting, characters, problem & resolution of a story. The other I have left blank spaces for students to simply draw and label characters, setting & a favourite part of the story.

rocket book report

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rocket book report junior

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