Relief Teaching Ideas

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

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Number Placemats

math board

-One piece of paper (A3 or larger) between four students.
-Focus number in the centre of the page.
-Students sitting around the paper.

-1 student writes a story about the number.
– 1 student shows the number with hands on materials (counters, blocks, popsticks)
– 1 student draws a picture to show the number
– 1 student writes sums that equal the focus number

– groups can rotate around the room to add to each page if they have different focus numbers written on them
– share with the class at the endSee More

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Read the Teacher’s Mind!

– You can have students play this vocabulary game individually or in small groups.
– Teacher writes a category on the board (eg: ice cream flavours, weather, animals that use camouflage, types of transport, space)
– Teacher then writes 5 or 10 words associated with the topic on a sheet of paper that students cannot see. These can be typical words or a little obscure if you want to be tricky!
– Then give students 5 minutes to write down as many words as they can that relate to the topic.
– When time is up, teacher shares the words on their list. Students circle any of the teacher’s words that appear on their lists.
– Give each student/group a point for each word that matches a word on the teacher’s list (you choose if spelling needs to be correct).
– Play another round, keep a points tally. The group or student with the most points is the winner!