Relief Teaching Ideas

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


1 Comment

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.

20140707-234026-85226260.jpg


Leave a comment

Word Race

20130703-151939.jpg

-Divide students into 3 or 4 teams (depending on how big your whiteboard is) & line them up in front of the white board.
-Write one word on the board for each team.
-One person from each team will go to the board to write a word that starts with the last letter of your word.
-The next person in their team then has to think of a word that starts with the last letter of the word their team member wrote.
-Students continue taking turns writing words on the board until you stop the game.
-You can stop when groups start running out of space to write or after a set amount of time.
-Add up each team’s points.
1-3 Letters = 1 point
4-5 Letters = 2 points
6+ Letters = 3 points
(Words that have been repeated or are incorrect do not count.)
-The team with the most points wins.


Leave a comment

Spelling Baseball

20140626-111830-40710382.jpg
This is a great spelling revision game to play at the end of term. I like it because it allows for students to choose the level of word difficulty so that it’s not just the top spellers of the class that enjoy success.

Preparation:
– Write up spelling words, dividing them into 4 columns, according to their difficulty. The easiest words will be for “1st Base”, then 2nd, 3rd & finally the hardest extension words will be the “home run” words.

To play:
– Divide students into 2 teams. One will field first (sit at their desk listening for any mistakes). The other will bat first (line up at the front, taking turns spelling words).
-Decide where the bases will be around your room.
– The first batter tells the teacher what type of word they want (1st, 2nd, 3rd or home run).
– Teacher “pitches” the word by calling it out.
– Student either spells it out loud or writes it on a small whiteboard & holds it up to show the teacher and fielding team.
– If they get it correct they get to move to their nominated base.
If a fielder thinks they are incorrect they raise their hands to challenge it. If the fielder can correctly spell the word then the batter is out. If the fielder also spells the word incorrectly (drops the ball!) then the batter is safe.
If the batter has spelled the word incorrectly but no one challenges them, the teacher will announce the correct spelling & the batter will have to bat again (foul ball – 3 fouls & they’re out).
– As batters take turns spelling, the other players already on bases move around the bases, just like a real baseball game.
– Record how many runs the team makes. A run is when a batter goes around all bases & returns back to the home plate.
– 3 outs & it’s side away.

Team with the most runs wins!


Leave a comment

Sparkle

Spelling Sparkle:
Teacher calls out a spelling word. Students stand in a circle and each student says one letter of the word. After the last letter of the word is said the next student says “Sparkle” & sits down. If a student misses a letter or is incorrect they also sit down. The teacher then gives them another word. Play continues until the last man is standing.

Maths Sparkle:
Play is the same except teacher calls out a different number to skip count by & to what number.
(eg: count by 5’s to 60, count by 3’s to 36, or for junior years simply count to 10 or 20)