Relief Teaching Ideas

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


What is the Question?

This is an activity that is usually used in maths but I think it also works really well as a revision tool!

Simply write an answer on the board, students then write questions to match the answer on post it notes. They can read through their notes or handouts to help them. They can stick their questions around the board.

Alternatively, they can write the answer in their books & list questions under or around it.

You can use this activity to:
– review a person, place or thing
– look at a character or setting of a book the class has read
– practice number sense (write a number as the answer & students need to write equations to equal that number.)

I love how versatile & easy to set up this activity is! Hope you find it useful too!



Popcorn Maths

We’re a little popcorn mad at the moment. My almost 3 year old has recently discovered the fun of making & eating popcorn from our air popper. A lot safer (but probably not as exciting) as the pot & oil my dad used to use! As kids, we used to stand around the stove, trying to catch the pieces flying out of the pot!

When I saw this writing prompt idea from ‘Apples to Appliqué’ on Pinterest, the red & white popcorn box immediately caught my eye!

I thought it would make a fun maths activity.

I had some popcorn boxes that I had bought from Woolworths. I found them near the party supplies, in case you were interested!

I filled the popcorn boxes with crumpled up pieces of yellow and white paper. I didn’t bother to make popcorn shapes but that would be cute if you had the time!

On the white paper (plain popcorn) I wrote numbers, on the yellow (buttered popcorn) I wrote math symbols (+ – x ). I didn’t include the division symbol because it would’ve made the activity too complicated! Depending on your class year level, you can choose larger or smaller numbers, and the types of symbols, to suit the students’ abilities.

You could also enlist the help of the students to write on the pieces of paper. That would make it a lot easier to create enough boxes for each group or pair. Store the popcorn pieces on ziplock bags for later use.

Students can then choose 2 pieces of white popcorn and 1 piece of yellow. They write the equation and answer in their books. Some students may only do 5 questions in the set time, others may complete 20!


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$100 Word Challenge!


This is a simple concept, yet the kids love it! Students who are usually reluctant to do sums, are eager to work out how much their names add up to. Anyone that is lucky enough to have a ‘x, y or z’ in their name gets very excited!
Discuss with the class if the length of their name always determines the amount it is worth. Is a short name always worth less? Is a longer name worth more?
Challenge the students to see if they can come up with a word that has a value of exactly $100.

Here are a few $100 words: elephants, straws, cousins, stress, explains, writing, squares

Can you find more?

Other ideas:
– Add up their spelling words to see which is the most/least expensive.
– Who can find the most expensive word in the dictionary?
– Using an atlas, find the most/least expensive country.