Relief Teaching Ideas

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

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Spelling Tic Tac Toe

This is one of my favourite spelling activities. Most students already know how to play the traditional version of Tic Tac Toe so it’s an easy one to introduce to classes. They can play on paper or on mini whiteboards.
Students play in pairs and take turns writing the word that they need the most practice with, into a box on the grid. First to get 3 in a row wins that round.
Students can choose a different word to practice for each round. The student who wins the most rounds is the winner.


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Recycling Bread Tags

We’ve been collecting bread tags for colour sorting & craft (we’re big on recycling/reusing.) It didn’t take long to build up quite a collection!

My little boy loves sorting through them, lining them up & putting them into little containers, shaking them up!

As we were playing with them on the weekend, I started thinking of other ways to use them, especially in the classroom…


– Clip onto popsticks for sight word or place value practice
– Thread onto pipe cleaners to make a counting bracelet
– Create funny faces or creatures

I just used permanent markers to write on the tags. Super simple & easy to do!

Does anyone else have an interesting way to reuse bread tags?