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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Popstick Jigsaws

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Yesterday I found these wide popsticks at The Reject Shop – $2 for a pack of 50!
Today we used them to make some simple jigsaw puzzles.*
Normal popsticks would work just as well.
In the classroom students could:
-Draw a character or scene from a book
-Write out spelling words
-Write out times tables
-Draw and label a diagram for science (eg: life cycle, cross section, experiment)

*Tip – Sticky tape the popsticks to the table when drawing. Makes it MUCH easier!

To make self checking jigsaws, add a picture or line design to the jigsaw. If they match up, the student knows they have put the puzzle together correctly!

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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