Kids would have their own text and the relief teacher used a variety of teaching strategies to help them unpack the meaning of the text.
Now it is a bit more complex - or is it?
When I was a kid, I had a couple of books that I just loved. To this day, I remember vividly the reading I used to do with my favourite books. I might be flat-out remembering what I had for dinner last night but reading some school books was memorable (for me).
I am not sure the teaching strategies employed would stand up to today's scrutiny. But for me, the teaching strategies worked.
Reading is one of those core lessons that relief teachers can pull out at the drop of a hat. It has relevance to every school, every grade and every kid.
Go for it.
The problem is the kids do not have their daily readers and most classes will have difficulty telling you WHAT they are reading.
You might find a novel on the teacher's desk which might be one of the a teaching strategies to settle them down more than anything.
It is great to have a couple of fall back relief teaching reading activities than you can seemingly pull out of nowhere at the drop of a hat. It is important that these are worthwhile and meaningful reading activities and are built around some good teaching strategies.
This a short inferential reading activity. The teaching strategies involve introducing a small amount of text at one time and build student inferential skills around the text. It is perfect for most relief teaching gigs.
For kids to be effective readers they need to make educated guesses.
The teaching strategies you must employ are built around forcing them to make these "guesses" using the context of the passage.
They need to read, pre-read and post read to check their accuracy of their inferences.
This activity asks students to explore the context of the passage which build as your progress through it.
This is only a short passage and can be used as a
I prefer thet for a few reasons.
The first sentence of the text is, "Sally froze, her spoon halfway to her mouth, when she heard the crashing, tearing noise."
The types of questions you could ask to get the kids thinking include
The teaching strategies you use must build student reading competence. That's why I prefer the PowerPoint because it is easier to interact with the text.
Instead of simply asking the question and getting kids to put the hands up (or not).
Ask the question but get the students to tell the answer to their buddy or buddies.
This is one of the teaching strategies aimed at getting all students involved and engaged in the activity.
Check this resource out if you would you like some more teaching strategies and reading to use at your relief teaching gigs.