Relief Teaching Ideas

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

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Word Race


-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.

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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.