Relief Teaching Ideas

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

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Student Notebook Organization


Great Idea!
Glue envelopes in the back of students’ books for them to put small pieces/paper cut outs they are working on but are not ready to glue in.
Ok, so this isn’t very useful for a relief teacher but when I saw this picture on Facebook I needed to share it! Something so simple but would save so much time & lost pieces of paper! Why didn’t I think of this when I was a classroom teacher??

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Punctuation Detectives


There’s something about post it notes that kids love! For some reason it’s more exciting to write on a coloured, sticky backed, piece of paper, than just a piece of normal lined paper. Here’s an activity that lets them use post it notes to investigate punctuation in books.

– Hand out post it notes to students.
– Discuss why punctuation is so important. Brainstorm different punctuation marks.
-Students choose a book to read quietly to themselves.
-While they read they keep a tally of punctuation used (.,!?””)
-As a class compare results. What was used the most? The least?
-Compare punctuation used in non fiction and fiction texts. Is it different? Why?

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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. 

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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!