Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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Compound Words Foldable

Here is a simple foldable, that students can make, to demonstrate compound words. You can also use this same foldable to show contractions.

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All you need is A4 paper, scissors, and pencils.

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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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Giraffes Can’t Dance

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A picture book that highlights how everyone is different, with their own strengths & weaknesses, and the importance of being true to yourself & respecting other’s rights to be different.

Activity Ideas:
– Make giraffe hats https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1jdmGTSQN0IVHhPNFVrRWNFMUU/edit?usp=sharing&pli=1
– Use the dancing giraffe template to make a giraffe with moving limbs. http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/_files/dancinggiraffe.pdf
– In small groups come up with an animal dance to show the rest of the class (eg – giraffe dance, elephant dance, lion dance, monkey dance).
– Warthogs waltzing is an example of alliteration. Can they come up with other animal alliterations?
– Reread the story & write a list of the rhyming words. Brainstorm other rhyming words to add to the list.
– Retell the story from Gerald the giraffe’s point of view.
– Design a poster advertising the Jungle Dance.