Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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Keeping Track of Books You Have Read

Relief Teacher Tip

I keep a post it note in the inside cover of the books that I read to classes. I record which classes I’ve read the book to & which ones I’ve done an activity with the book too.

It’s an easy way to keep track of which classes you’ve done what with!

I also have a checklist of activities and classes, that I keep in my folder. The post it notes are just a quick way to check when I’m choosing books to pack for the day!

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Fractured Colouring In Art Work

Here is a simple art idea, focusing on shape and colour choice.

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Print off some simple drawings for students to choose from. I find that animal outlines work the best but you could also use pictures of transport, fruit, people, maps of countries (map of Australia turns out well), or other simple outlines.

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Have students use a ruler to draw lines across the picture. The more lines, the smaller the sections will be. 15-20 lines are usually good for an A4 sized picture.

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Discuss colour choice with students. What colour combinations complement each other? Which colours contrast? Discuss warm and cool colours. For my example I have chosen warm colours for inside the picture and cool colours for around it.

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After students have coloured each section you can mount it on black or white card to frame it.

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Spelling Tic Tac Toe

This is one of my favourite spelling activities. Most students already know how to play the traditional version of Tic Tac Toe so it’s an easy one to introduce to classes. They can play on paper or on mini whiteboards.
Students play in pairs and take turns writing the word that they need the most practice with, into a box on the grid. First to get 3 in a row wins that round.
Students can choose a different word to practice for each round. The student who wins the most rounds is the winner.

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Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

What a delightful, whimsical book!

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The Leaf Man 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.

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This gorgeous book was brought to my attention when I posted these photos of leaf creatures on my Facebook page.

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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 of their own. 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!