Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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Rotational Symmetry Names

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Rotational Symmetry – the shape or image can be rotated and it still looks the same.

In this activity students create a picture that has rotational symmetry, using their name as their starting point.
It is a great activity to add to your relief teacher folder because it does not require any photocopying. The only materials needed are white paper & textas or coloured pencils to decorate.

STEP ONE
Trim an A4 or A3 piece of paper to make a square. I folded one corner over to make a triangle & then trimmed off the extra bit on the end. When I opened up the triangle, a square was left.

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STEP TWO
Fold the piece of paper in half to make a rectangle.

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STEP THREE
Fold it in half again, to make a square.

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STEP FOUR
Fold over one corner to make a triangle.

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STEP FIVE
With lead pencil, write your name in block or bubble writing. When you are happy with it you can go over it with a black texta.

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STEP SIX
Unfold one of the triangles . Hold it up to the light or up on a window so you can see & trace the original name you drew. I drew my picture at night so I had to hold my paper up to a light. Very tricky! I used a pencil first, just in case i slipped!
Continue unfolding and tracing until you have completed all 8 triangles.
If you have miras available to use, that would make this step a lot easier! A Mira is a geometric tool that is reflective like a mirror but is also transparent, making it easy to see & copy down symmetrical pictures.

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STEP SEVEN
Add colour to your design. Make sure you colour each section of the triangles exactly the same!

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All done! These look fantastic displayed on a classroom wall or used as a cover picture for student workbooks.

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Multiplication Houses

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This Math Art activity is a creative way to help students practice their multiplication facts.

Students draw their house, cut out the windows & then glue onto another piece of paper. The answers are then written under the window flaps.

I used A4 paper for this example because that’s usually more readily available for a relief teacher. They are sturdier & look even better when made with A3 card!

To cut out the windows I slightly fold the paper, cut a small slit, unfold and then continue to cut the opening. Younger grades (years 3/4) may need your help with cutting the slits for the windows. There may be a few capable students who can also help their classmates out with this step.

Alternatively, and an easier option, is to cut out window shapes from another piece of paper and simply glue or tape the windows to the houses, so that they can still be lifted up to reveal the answers underneath.

After they finish making their houses, students can turn them into a game board!

– Place counters on each window.
– Students take turns choosing a multiplication question to answer.
– They can self check the answer by lifting the flap.
– If they are correct they can keep the counter. If not, they need to return the counter to the window & the next player takes a turn.

This idea is from a book I bought awhile ago called MathArt by Carolyn Ford Brunetto. It has so many great creative learning activities that link math with art.

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