Relief Teaching Ideas

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

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Roll a 6!

Did you ever play the Chocolate Game? It was a very popular birthday party game when I was at primary school. You would take turns rolling a die. If you rolled a 6 you would dress up in a silly costume & then use a knife & fork to cut & eat from a block of chocolate. It was a noisy, fast paced game, and we all loved it!

This is NOT that game but reminds me a little of it.

Roll a 6!


Each group will need:
– 1 piece of paper
– 1 die
– 1 pencil

How to Play

– Divide class into groups of 4 or 5
– Hand out equipment needed
– Students sit in a circle
– Students take turns rolling the die
– If they roll a 6 they start writing the numbers 1 – 100 on the piece of paper.
– When someone else rolls a 6 they take over the writing of the number, from wherever the previous person finished.
For example: Student A writes 1 – 12, Student B rolls a 6 so takes over & starts writing 13, 14, 15, etc…until the next person rolls a 6, and so on & on.
– The winner is the student who writes the number 100!


– Instead of rolling a 6, students need to roll a 1 (or any other number you choose)
– Have students write/count by 2s or 5s, instead of 1s
– Have students roll 2 dice. The dice have to add up to 10 for them to start writing (or any other +, – or x that you would like!)

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Shower Curtain Game Board

I love using plastic curtains or tablecloths in the classroom because they are so easy to set up, move around & store! I’ve used them for bulletin boards, to section off areas like a reading corner, to cover tables for messy work & also to make giant game boards.

Game boards can be easily folded up & stored away in your relief teaching bag!

To make the game board:
– Buy a cheap, light coloured shower curtain. This one was only $5 from The Reject Shop.
– Draw a 7×4 grid with a thick black marker. I just followed the fold lines, I didn’t use a ruler.
– Cut clear, plastic sleeve protectors in half.
– Tape the plastic sleeves in each rectangle.
– Cut A4 sized paper in half & write your review questions, math problems or sight words on the bits of paper.
– Place them in the plastic sleeves.

To play:
– Have a container of counters by the game mat.
– Students take turns throwing or rolling a counter onto the grid.
– Whichever square it lands on they need to answer the question (if it’s a sight word they need to read it or put it into a sentence).
– If they get it correct they get to keep the counter. If they get it wrong the counter stays in that square.
– If a player gets a question correct they get to keep their counter plus any other counters that have been left in that square.
– Students count up how many counters they have at the end of the game. Whoever has the most counters wins!

– Colour code the cards (these can be in rows or all mixed up.)
Green = easy question = 1 point
Yellow = medium question = 2 points
Red = hard question = 3 points

– Divide class either in half or into 3 groups. Have the groups line up in front of the grid.
– Students take turns throwing a beanbag onto the grid. They answer the question & if they get it correct they get the corresponding amount of points for their team. Keep a tally on the whiteboard. If they don’t get the question correct they don’t get any points.
-Once everyone has gone through two or three times, tally up the points. The team with the highest score wins!


These are so versatile! I’ve only listed two ideas but you could do so much more. It’s up to you how you want to play & what skills you want your students to practice.