Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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WANTED: The Perfect Pet by Fiona Roberton

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A few weeks ago I posted about borrowing this book from the library. I fell in love with the story of the boy looking for his perfect pet & the little duck who disguises himself as a dog so he can make a friend.
Here are some activity ideas to go with the book:
-Brainstorm with the class different pets
– Create a class graph showing the pets they have
– Create an ad for their idea of a perfect pet
– Write up a T Chart comparing a dog to a different type of pet
– Write a persuasive piece of text, stating why an unusual animal would make a good pet (eg: a crocodile)
– Draw & label an animal disguised as another animal
– If you have access to craft supplies have students create an imaginary animal that would make an ideal pet
– Play ‘Dog, dog, goose!’ (same as ‘duck, duck, goose’)
– Discuss how everyone has their own strengths & weaknesses and the importance of being true to yourself.
– Have students draw a self portrait & then list their strengths underneath. Alternatively have them pass their portraits around the room for their classmates to list what they think their strengths are (this will require guidelines set & lots of monitoring by the teacher!)

I joined the library to save money but I keep falling in love with the books & buying them!!
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Wanted-Perfect-Pet-Fiona-Roberton/9781444902631

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Wash Your Face In Orange Juice

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Peter Combe songs illustrated in a picture book! Might need to buy this one…

It includes:
-Wash Your Face in Orange Juice
-Stuck in a Pizza
-Spaghetti Bolognese 
& a CD for the kids to sing along to.

Below is a link for a paper plate pizza making activity to go with this book.

http://www.thelittlebigbookclub.com.au/resources/wash-your-face-in-orange-juice-activity-time


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Grumpy Cat

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Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup

Simple text & illustrations. Great for junior primary.

After reading students can:
– Write what made the cat so grumpy, what makes them grumpy & what they would do to cheer the cat up.
– On a simple cat head shaped piece of card, they can make a 2 sided picture of the cat – 1 side grumpy, 1 side happy.
-Can create either a mask or a puppet with their 2 sided picture.
– Discuss how ignoring or leaving someone out can make them sad. What can they do if they see someone sad or by themselves in the playground.
– Role play using puppets/masks


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Miss Nelson Is Missing

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Who else remembers this book when they were at school? Perfect book for your Relief Teaching Bag!

The lovely teacher of the unruly Room 207, Miss Nelson, goes missing & is replaced by the meanest substitute teacher ever, Miss Swamp! What will the class do? How will they get their teacher back?

Activities to go with ‘Miss Nelson is Missing’:
– Venn Diagram comparing Miss Nelson & Miss Swamp
– Missing person poster for Miss Nelson
– Students write own version about where THEIR teacher is that day
– Write classroom rules for Room 207 & create a poster displaying these rules


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Wombat Stew

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Yesterday I read Wombat Stew to a group of Receptions (Pre-Primary). The kids loved joining in with the chant ‘Wombat stew, wombat stew, gooey, brewy, yummy chewy wombat stew’.

We only read the book for enjoyment but there are many great literacy activities that you could do with this book.

Here’s just a few:
1. As a class search for & list all the words that end in ‘y’ (gooey, brewy, chewy, yummy, crunchy, munchy, etc)
-Brainstorm more ‘y’ ending words
– Create their own verses by following this outline:
Wombat Stew,
Wombat Stew,
_____, _____
_____, _____
Wombat Stew!
OR
Create a verse for a different concoction like Kangaroo Cake, Platypus Pudding or Emu Soup.
2. Students write up a recipe for an unusual soup, stew or pudding. Create a class example first so students know how to set out a recipe.
3. As you read it out loud again, have a group of students act it out.

For the overseas readers, if you can get a hold of a copy, it’s a great book to introduce your students to some Australian animals!


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Giraffes Can’t Dance

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A picture book that highlights how everyone is different, with their own strengths & weaknesses, and the importance of being true to yourself & respecting other’s rights to be different.

Activity Ideas:
– Make giraffe hats https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1jdmGTSQN0IVHhPNFVrRWNFMUU/edit?usp=sharing&pli=1
– Use the dancing giraffe template to make a giraffe with moving limbs. http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/_files/dancinggiraffe.pdf
– In small groups come up with an animal dance to show the rest of the class (eg – giraffe dance, elephant dance, lion dance, monkey dance).
– Warthogs waltzing is an example of alliteration. Can they come up with other animal alliterations?
– Reread the story & write a list of the rhyming words. Brainstorm other rhyming words to add to the list.
– Retell the story from Gerald the giraffe’s point of view.
– Design a poster advertising the Jungle Dance.