Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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Heads or Tails

– Teacher needs 2 coins or the virtual coin tosser that you can find a link to below.
– Students all stand up.
– They need to decide if they think the coin toss will be:
2 heads – put both hands on their head
2 tails – put both hands on their tailbone
1 head, 1 tail – one hand on head, one on tail

– Once everyone has decided teacher tosses the coins.
– Whoever is wrong must sit down.
– Game continues until there is only one remaining student!

Virtual Coin Flipper
I like how you can choose the currency of the coin!
http://www.random.org/coins/


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I Spy With My Little Eye

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Perfect to play when the students have packed up & you still have 5 minutes until the end of the day.
Either put up on the Smartboard, Data Projector or print & enlarge onto two A3 pieces of paper.

This would also make a fantastic barrier game. Hand out the sheet to all students. Students pair up & put upright books in between them so they can’t see each others page. They then take turns calling out instructions for both of them to do – eg: “Colour the love heart yellow.” When time is up they can compare their pictures to see if they’re the same.

Link to the ‘Just Something I Made’ page & PDF:

Click to access 27117572-JSIM-I-Spy-Fun-sheet.pdf


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Area Dice Game

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A game for 2 or 3 players.
Each player chooses a colour pencil or texta they will use in the game.
Players take turns rolling the dice, using the numbers that they rolled to draw the perimeter of a rectangle or square & writing the area in the middle of the shape.
Game ends when players run out of room to draw.
Winner is the player who has used the largest area/most squares.

This game is an old favourite. I used to play it when I was at school!


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Spelling Baseball

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This is a great spelling revision game to play at the end of term. I like it because it allows for students to choose the level of word difficulty so that it’s not just the top spellers of the class that enjoy success.

Preparation:
– Write up spelling words, dividing them into 4 columns, according to their difficulty. The easiest words will be for “1st Base”, then 2nd, 3rd & finally the hardest extension words will be the “home run” words.

To play:
– Divide students into 2 teams. One will field first (sit at their desk listening for any mistakes). The other will bat first (line up at the front, taking turns spelling words).
-Decide where the bases will be around your room.
– The first batter tells the teacher what type of word they want (1st, 2nd, 3rd or home run).
– Teacher “pitches” the word by calling it out.
– Student either spells it out loud or writes it on a small whiteboard & holds it up to show the teacher and fielding team.
– If they get it correct they get to move to their nominated base.
If a fielder thinks they are incorrect they raise their hands to challenge it. If the fielder can correctly spell the word then the batter is out. If the fielder also spells the word incorrectly (drops the ball!) then the batter is safe.
If the batter has spelled the word incorrectly but no one challenges them, the teacher will announce the correct spelling & the batter will have to bat again (foul ball – 3 fouls & they’re out).
– As batters take turns spelling, the other players already on bases move around the bases, just like a real baseball game.
– Record how many runs the team makes. A run is when a batter goes around all bases & returns back to the home plate.
– 3 outs & it’s side away.

Team with the most runs wins!


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Silent Ball Challenge!

Kids need a brain break? Not enough time or too cold & wet outside for a fitness game? Here’s a quick indoor game that kids love!

Objective of the game: to get every student to catch & throw the ball, silently & without dropping it, in the least amount of time.

-Students, standing up, spread around the room.
-Hand one student a soft medium/small sized ball.
-Teacher times the students
-Students pass the ball silently to each other. Once they throw the ball they must sit down on the floor, where they are.
-If anyone talks or drops the ball everyone must stand up & the timer is set again!
-encourage team work & strategy so that they can finish the challenge!


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I’m Going Into Space

Packed up a little early? Have a spare 5 minutes? Here’s a game that requires no equipment & can be adapted to suit the class.

Tell the students that you’re going into space. You have an empty rocket that has room to fit them all but they need to bring something special on board if they want to be allowed to come along.
This something special fits a special rule, that you have predetermined, but cannot reveal. They need to guess what it is!

Some Example Rules:
– needs to start with the letter ‘D’ (“Can I bring dog?” ” Yes you can come in my rocket into space.”
“Can I bring icecream?” “Oh! I love icecream! But no, you cannot come in my rocket!”)
– needs to start with the same letter as their first name
– has a double letter in the word
– has only 3 letters
– is something you can eat

If they get stuck you may need to give them a few examples of what they CAN bring, to see if they can work out the pattern.


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Beetle Dice Game

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Split class into pairs or groups of 3
1 dice for each group
Paper & pencil for each player

Students take turns rolling the dice.
If they roll:
1 – draw the body*
2 – draw the head**
3 – draw a leg (need six legs)
4 – draw a wing (need two wings)
5 – draw an antenna (need two)
6 – draw an eye (need two)

*need to roll a 1 & draw the body before they can draw any other part!
**need to roll a 2 & draw the head before drawing the eyes or antennae

First student to finish drawing the beetle is the winner.

**I also saw a ladybug version of this game here:
http://playfullearning.net/diy-ladybug-dice-game/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+playfullearning+(Playful+Learning)
This game would go well with the book ‘Ten Little Ladybugs’ by Melanie Gerth.


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Boggle

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Here is a free Boggle game from Teachers Pay Teachers that you can put up on a Smartboard or Data Projector screen.
Alternatively, you can draw up a Boggle grid on the board. You can either do a timed challenge, to see how many words students can find in a set amount of time, or leave it on the board all day, for students to work on when they’ve finished their set work.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Boggle-for-the-Smartboard-214028 


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Good Afternoon Judge

Choose one student to be the judge. They stand up the front with their back to the class & their eyes closed.
Without saying their name, choose another student to say “Good afternoon Judge” in a disguised voice.
The student up the front then turns around & has three guesses of who they think said it.
If they get it right they have another turn, if they can’t guess the student who managed to trick them becomes the new Judge.

Simple idea but kids love it!

They love being the detective but most of all they love coming up with silly voices to try to trick the Judge!

Great way to end the day after students have packed up the classroom.

You can find more of my favourite quick classroom games here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/30-Quick-Games-and-Brain-Breaks-810641


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Read the Teacher’s Mind!

– You can have students play this vocabulary game individually or in small groups.
– Teacher writes a category on the board (eg: ice cream flavours, weather, animals that use camouflage, types of transport, space)
– Teacher then writes 5 or 10 words associated with the topic on a sheet of paper that students cannot see. These can be typical words or a little obscure if you want to be tricky!
– Then give students 5 minutes to write down as many words as they can that relate to the topic.
– When time is up, teacher shares the words on their list. Students circle any of the teacher’s words that appear on their lists.
– Give each student/group a point for each word that matches a word on the teacher’s list (you choose if spelling needs to be correct).
– Play another round, keep a points tally. The group or student with the most points is the winner!