Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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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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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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Trash Can Numbers

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This is a quick game that highlights the importance of place value. Great to play at the beginning or end of a lesson.

Only equipment needed is one die for the teacher and paper & pencils for students. You can use a 6-10 sided die.

1. Students draw dashes (you choose how big the number will be) & two trash cans.

2. Teacher rolls a die & calls out roll.

3. Students need to decide where to place that number – either on a dash or in a trash can, if they don’t wish to use that number. They can’t erase a number once it is written.

4. When all the spaces are filled the winner is whoever has the highest number*.

*You can change this to whoever has the lowest number for an added challenge!

For more quick classroom games that require little to no resources: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/30-Quick-Games-and-Brain-Breaks-810641