Saturday, May 18, 2013

Brain Breaks II

I have a similar post for Brain Breaks but today I'd thought I could share again as we are winding down (winding up if you're a little one) for the end of the year.

Using Brain Breaks you can Spark Student Motivation and help students retain material. Transitioning from phonics to vocabulary can be hard with little ones. They get restless super quick. Brain Breaks are great to use anytime they (and you) may need a little more energy. Getting moving and grooving gets the heart pumped so they can pay attention and remember everything you're teaching. A brain break takes less than 3 minutes. Research tells us that children need physical activities to get motivated and retain lessons learned.

In my classroom I have a Symbaloo for brain breaks. I just click and presto I have an instant choice of songs for high energy movement. 
  1. Mirror. Simply teach the students to mirror your movements. Jumping jacks, hopping, tricep dips using their chair, squats.
  2. 5-4-3-2-1  Have students stand behind their pushed-in chairs. Call out a trait and everyone who has that trait must change places with someone else (students who do not have the trait stay where they are). Examples: "Everyone with curly hair." "Everyone who ate cereal for breakfast." Everyone who is wearing stripes." 
  3. Mingle, Mingle, Group! In this game students move about the classroom saying, "mingle, mingle, mingle" in soft voices until the teacher says "Groups of 3," at which point the students must quickly group themselves into groups with the correct number of people. Students who are left over can do an exercise such as push ups, sit ups, or jumping jacks. This is a great tool to teach multiplication and division.
  4. Get Up and Dance! I use Symbaloo for this. Put on some music and dance. Chicken dance, Cha Cha Slide, Tooty ta, Peanut Butter Jelly, Shake Your Sillies Out, Ice Cream and Cake, etc.
  5. Freeze Dance!  When the music stops so do the kids. Simple and fun! When the music stops the students must freeze and hold the position they are in until the music begins again.

Hippo Hooray for Second and Dive in to Second are hosting a Linky Party for Classroom Quick Tips. I've linked up with them. Check it out!!!

Head Over Heels for Teaching is hosting a linky party called Spark Student Motivation Saturdays. I've linked up with her. Check it out!!!

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Candy Bar Awards are not only edible but EDITABLE! That's right! You can type student names, your name and the date or a brief personal message. 


  1. Thank you for sharing those brain breaks. Simple and easy!

    Literacy Spark

  2. I've never heard of Symbaloo before, but I can think of many uses for it. Great post!

  3. Love it and Symbaloo is new to me too! I love the possibilities!! :) Thanks for sharing.
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  4. Thanks for the brain break ideas! I'm also new to Symbaloo, so I'll have to check it out! Thanks for linking up!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  5. I love Symbaloo! I'll put it on for a 2 minute Peanut Butter Jelly Time song or a quick Cha Cha Slide. They dance, I dance and we all get pumped so were happy n ready to learn.

  6. Thanks for the Brain Break ideas I quite often get the students to copy my movements such as a pattern.
    Cheers Claire

  7. Thanks for sharing the brain break ideas. I am always in search of new ones. I've used some of those before, but haven't thought of trying others.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Compassionate Teacher

  8. I love your brain break ideas. I'm off to find your your first brain break post. Thanks for sharing.


  9. Hi there! Go straight to January and you'll see Symbaloo there. You can't miss it just scroll down. It's HUGE! At that time I didn't know how to make it smaller. I use that Symbaloo all the time. My kids can't get enough of it.


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