Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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Simple Book Review Pamphlet

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As a relief teacher you probably won’t always have access to a photocopier. Here is a way for students to create a book report from a piece of white A4 paper.
Depending on the age of the students, either you can fold the paper into 3 sections or you can show them how to do it.

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On the front cover students can design a new cover for the book they are reviewing. It needs to include the title, author and an illustration.

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On the inside cover students can list and draw the characters. They can also either describe or draw the setting.

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On the back cover they can give the book a rating. They can also give reasons for their rating. I hand out sticker stars (the type you get really cheaply at the grocery store or discount stores) for the students to use for their rating. They love using them!

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On the inside of the pamphlet, have the students write & draw the beginning, middle and end of the story.

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These can be kept near the class library for students to read, to help them choose their next book!
If you have limited time, you can simply have the students fold the page into 3 sections and just do the ‘beginning, middle & end’ of the story.

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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.