Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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$100 Word Challenge!

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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 expensive country.


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Rotational Symmetry Names

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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.

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STEP TWO
Fold the piece of paper in half to make a rectangle.

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STEP THREE
Fold it in half again, to make a square.

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STEP FOUR
Fold over one corner to make a triangle.

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STEP FIVE
With lead pencil, write your name in block or bubble writing. When you are happy with it you can go over it with a black texta.

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STEP SIX
Unfold one of the triangles . Hold it up to the light or up on a window so you can see & trace the original name you drew. I drew my picture at night so I had to hold my paper up to a light. Very tricky! I used a pencil first, just in case i slipped!
Continue unfolding and tracing until you have completed all 8 triangles.
If you have miras available to use, that would make this step a lot easier! A Mira is a geometric tool that is reflective like a mirror but is also transparent, making it easy to see & copy down symmetrical pictures.

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STEP SEVEN
Add colour to your design. Make sure you colour each section of the triangles exactly the same!

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All done! These look fantastic displayed on a classroom wall or used as a cover picture for student workbooks.