Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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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.