Relief Teaching Ideas

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

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Word Rolls


I made these by cutting a cardboard plastic wrap roll & then sliding it inside a cut paper towel roll.
The top picture is a roll of words that rhyme with ‘at’. The bottom picture is a roll of words starting with the letter ‘s’.
Students can turn the roll, make, say & then record the words.
These could be used at a word work literacy station or as an early finisher activity.

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Wombat Stew


Yesterday I read Wombat Stew to a group of Receptions (Pre-Primary). The kids loved joining in with the chant ‘Wombat stew, wombat stew, gooey, brewy, yummy chewy wombat stew’.

We only read the book for enjoyment but there are many great literacy activities that you could do with this book.

Here’s just a few:
1. As a class search for & list all the words that end in ‘y’ (gooey, brewy, chewy, yummy, crunchy, munchy, etc)
-Brainstorm more ‘y’ ending words
– Create their own verses by following this outline:
Wombat Stew,
Wombat Stew,
_____, _____
_____, _____
Wombat Stew!
Create a verse for a different concoction like Kangaroo Cake, Platypus Pudding or Emu Soup.
2. Students write up a recipe for an unusual soup, stew or pudding. Create a class example first so students know how to set out a recipe.
3. As you read it out loud again, have a group of students act it out.

For the overseas readers, if you can get a hold of a copy, it’s a great book to introduce your students to some Australian animals!