Relief Teaching Ideas

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


Leave a comment

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
cover picturereminder picreminder pic 2
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 useful!


Leave a comment

The Sequel – A Writing Prompt

20130819-141439.jpg

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 class with some of their ideas.

Have them then write a sequel to the story. It needs to include at least one of the original characters & have a new problem that needs to be resolved.


5 Comments

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.
the-great-fairy-tale-disaster
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.

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 setting and the fourth the problem of the story. Students then create a story with their rolls! You can either display this table on a smartboard or data projector, or photocopy the blackline master to hand out to students.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mixed-Up-Fairy-Tale-Writing-Prompt-814252
fairytale prompt


Leave a comment

Peggy by Anna Walker – Book Activity

peggy
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 adventure.


Leave a comment

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-management
group noise


Leave a comment

Creative Book Activity – Windblown by Edouard Manceau

20130805-184730.jpg
This is a great book to have in your Relief Teaching Bag! Simple 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.
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

20130805-184810.jpg
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. 🙂

20130805-184908.jpg

20130805-184920.jpg

20130805-184928.jpg