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  • 13.04.2015 20 Three-Minute Brain Breaks | Minds in Bloom

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    20ThreeMinuteBrainBreaks

    Wednesday'sguestpostaboutwhykidsneedtomovefrompediatricoccupationaltherapistLorenShlaeswassopopularthatIdecidedtofollowitupwithalistofBrainBreaksyoucanusewithyourstudents.Thesearegreattouseanytimeyourstudentsarefeelingrestlessandarestrugglingtopayattention.Mostofthesewillonlytakeafewminutes,andthenyoucangetbacktothelessonwithyourstudentsreadytofocusonthelessonathand.

    1. 54321.Inthissimplegame,studentsstandupandtheteacher(orleader)hasthemdofivedifferentmovementsindescendingorder.Forexampletheteacherwouldsay:"Dofivejumpingjacks,spinaroundfourtimes,hopononefootthreetimes,walkallthewayaroundtheclassroomtwotimes,giveyourneighboronehighfive(pausinginbetweeneachtaskforstudentstodoit).

    2. TradingPlacesHavestudentsstandbehindtheirpushedinchairs.Calloutatraitandeveryonewhohasthattraitmustchangeplaceswithsomeoneelse(studentswhodonothavethetraitstaywheretheyare).Examples:"Everyonewithcurlyhair.""Everyonewhoatecerealforbreakfast."Everyonewhoiswearingstripes."

    3. SixSpotsNumbersixspotsaroundyourroomfrom16.Havestudentseachgotoaspotoftheirchoice.Chooseastudenttorolladie(ifyoucanmakeabigoneoutoffoam,itaddstothefun).Allthestudentsatthenumberrolledmustgobacktotheirseats.Studentsthatareleftgotoanewspotandthedieisrolledagain.Continueuntilonlyafewstudentsareleft.

    4. Mingle,Mingle,Group!Inthisgamestudentsmillabouttheclassroomsaying,"mingle,mingle,mingle"insoftvoicesuntiltheteachersays"Groupsof5,"atwhichpointthestudentsmustquicklygroupthemselvesintogroupswiththecorrectnumberofpeople.Studentswhoareleftovermustdothreejumpingjacksbeforethenextroundstarts.Theteachercancalloutanynumberforthegroupsize.Youcanalsoaddrulessuchas:assoonasagroupiscomplete,allmembersmustsitdowninaline.

    5. DanceParty!Putonsomerockin'musicanddance!Ifyoucanmaketheroomsemidarkandhaveablacklightorotherspecialeffect,yourkidswillloveit!

    6. FreezeDance!SimilartoDancePartyexceptthateverysooftenthemusicstopsandstudentsmustfreezeandholdthepositiontheyareinuntilthemusicbeginsagain.

    7. NameMovesStudentsstandbehindtheirchairs.Inturn,eachstudentsayshisorhernameaccompaniedbyaspecialmovement.Forexampleastudentmightsay,"Kayla!"whiledramaticallydroppingtoonekneeanddoingJazzHands.Afterthestudentdoeshisorhermove,therestoftheclasssaysthestudentsnameinunisonandimitatesthemove.Thenitisthenextstudent'sturn.

    8. KeepitUp:Studentsmustkeepabeachballfromhittingtheground.Addtwoorthreeballstomakeitevenmorefun.

    9. SimonSaysAnoldiebutagoody!

    10. MovementSongsSingasongwithwholebodymovementssuchas,Head,Shoulders,Knees,andToes,FatherAbraham,ToeKneeChestNut,ShakeYourSilliesOut(Raffie),GrandOldDukeofYork,MyBonnieLiesovertheOcean

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    11. RecordedMovementSongsOlderstudentsmightenjoyasimpleZumbaroutine,YMCA,ortheMacarena.LittleroneswillloveSesameStreet'sAVerySimpleDancetoDo.

    12. AnimalPretendYoungerchildrenwillenjoypretendingtobevariousanimals(orevenobjectssuchaslawnmowersorairplanes).Calloutafewinsequence.

    13. WouldYouRatherAskawouldyouratherquestionandhavestudentsshowtheirchoicebymovingtooneendoftheroomortheother.Haveafewkidssharewhy.Hereare20freeWouldYouRatherQuestionstogetyoustarted.

    14. FinditFastCalloutacolororothertrait(somethinground,somethingmadeofwood),andstudentsmustfindanobjectintheroomthatfitsthetraitandgettoitquickly.

    15. PhysicalChallengesChallengestudentstodosomethingphysicallydifficultsuchasstandingononefootwitharmsextendedorthisone:grabyournosewithlefthandandgrabyourleftearlobewithyourrighthand,thenquicklyswitchsothatyourrighthandisonyournoseandyourlefthandisgrabbingyourrightearlobe.Yogaposescouldalsobeagoodvariation.

    16. PlatesGiveeachstudentapaperplate.Studentsmustwalkaroundtheroombalancingtheplatesontheirheads.Ifastudentdropshisorherplate,thestudentmustfreezeuntilanotherstudentpicksitupandplacesitbackonthestudent'shead(whilekeephisorherownplateinplace,ofcourse).

    17. LineUp!Havestudentslineupusingaspecificcriteriasuchasage(usedayandmonth,notjustyear),height,alphabeticallybymiddlename,hairlength,etc.

    18. LimboAllyouneedisalongstickandapairofkidstoholdit.Musicisnicetoo.

    19. HumanKnotDividestudentsintogroupsofabouteightstudents.Havestudentseachgrabrighthandswithsomeonewhoisnotdirectlynexttothem.Thendothesamewithlefthands.Thechallengeistountangleandbecomeacirclewithoutreleasinghands.

    20. JumpSkipCountingHavestudentscountbytwos,fives,tensetc.whilejumpingwitheachcount.Youcouldalsopracticespellingwordsthisway.

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