Ideas for classroom activities to fill short periods

What if you are a supply teacher and no lesson plan is left? How to fill in off-peak periods in class? Here are some ideas for activities to provide to substitute teachers or to use to fill in short periods.

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What if you are a supply teacher and no lesson plan is left? How to fill in off-peak periods in class? You need to improvise and use short-lived online resources that will not just keep your students busy, but open their horizons, challenge them, and engage their thinking and imagination. All so that they learn while having fun without having to provide them with too many explanations.

Here are some ideas for online activities to provide to substitute teachers or to use to fill short periods in the classroom. Also find several ideas in each issue of our professional periodicall.

650 ideas for learning with current events in the classroom

To fill a moment in a period, a whole period or to carry out a larger project, the SCOOP! of the École branchée are a great source of ideas. In addition, they are based on current events, which does not fail to capture the attention of students.

Denis Robitaille from the Académie Ste-Thérèse uses the SCOOP guides! to create rich and meaningful learning contexts from current events.

" I find them very well done, they present the objectives, give us the references, leads to deepen the subjects and obviously a starting context. They can become very interesting for a person with little experience, and are great activities when we need a back-up. In addition, the summary of new guides saves us time to see if they are relevant to our needs. "

Escape Games (Breakout Edu)

Escape games combine fun and education while promoting the development of skills such as collaboration, communication, stress management and logical thinking. Several turnkey scenarios are available on the French-speaking escape games site.

If you are not yet familiar with this trend, we invite you to view our educational meetings with Julie chadonnet and Carolyne Lafleur-Fortin.

Learning activities aimed at creative uses of technologies

Our guide to techno-creative activities for children of the 21st century produced by Margarida Romero and Viviane Vallerand includes 15 activity sheets that allow the development of learning in different areas including languages, mathematics, the social universe, the arts and the development of the person while advocating the creative use of technologies. These activities are designed to develop 5 key skills: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, problem solving and computational thinking.

Some banks of educational activities

  • Alloprof games, which allow you to practice school notions while having fun.
  • PedagoNet offers activity books, puzzles, learning games, teaching aids and other helpful resources. The documents are freely downloadable, adaptable, photocopiable.
  • The B@P (Educational activities bank) is a directory of activities specializing in Francophone identity construction, produced by the Canadian Association for French Language Education (ACELF). The 650 or so free activities are divided by theme and aim to get students to reflect on their personal and cultural identity while developing their sense of communication, commitment and leadership.
  • The Cultural class offers a multitude of quality resources and dynamic initiatives to integrate the cultural dimension into school, in all disciplines, from preschool to high school.
  • Our Information Network for Educational Success (RIRE) offers a selection of educational games. Each resource includes a short summary.
  • Educatall provide a variety of activities and educational resources to support you in the education of children.
  • Thot Cursus is a site dedicated to the promotion of training and the use of digital tools for education and culture which offers in particular a educational video directory and a serious games directory on a multitude of subjects and for all ages.

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