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Transcript of brain breaks
Studies show that the brain can only take in up to 45 minutes of information
before it starts decreasing its capacity to absorb anything
Brain breaks are research based activities which allow more oxygen and energy to enter students’ brains.
Benefits of Brain Breaks
Activate or “reset” the brain
Stimulate neurological pathways
Help both sides of the brain to work together
Physical activity breaks increases amount of oxygen to the brain
To be effective, a brain break should only take about 3-5 minutes.
When should brain breaks be done?
Kinds of brain breaks
Basic Alerting Calming
Brain Buttons Exercise Play Cross laterals
Limbo Dance Yoga
Roll Some Find it Fast
Jump Skip Count
Letter / word puzzles
Rub your palms together fast. Feel the heat.
Rub your ears in circles. Squeeze your earlobes between your thumb and finger.
Rub the back of your head with your pointer fingers, moving toward your ears.
Rub big circles around your eyes with your fingertips, moving from your eyebrows to the top of your cheekbones and back up along the side of your nose.
Rub the sides of your nose using your pointer fingers.
Act like you’re washing your whole face with your palms.
With your right hand, brush your left arm, from shoulder to fingertips, top and underside. Then switch sides.
Put one hand on top of the other on your stomach and make 6 circles.
Use both hands to rub your thighs.
Stomp your feet on the floor.
Roll in some brain breaks
Roll one die for each of the columns. Perform the quick brain break that matches the number you rolled on the die. For example, if you roll a 1-2-4-3-5 you would perform the following brain breaks: 10 jumping jacks, 5 wall push ups, 10 Twists at the waist, 10 jumps over a pencil on the ﬂoor and 10 windmills.
When James was nine years old, he hammered a nail into a tree to mark his height. Ten years later, James returned to see how much higher the nail was. If the tree grew by 4 inches each year, how much higher would the nail be?
By only moving two lines,
make the pig face left.
Students stand behind their chairs. In turn, each student says his or her name accompanied by a special movement. After the student does his or her move, the rest of the class says the students name in unison and imitates the move. Then it is the next student's turn.
In this simple game, students stand up and the teacher (or leader) has them do five different movements in descending order. For example the teacher would say: "Do fivejumping jacks, spin around four times, hop on one foot threetimes, walk all the way around the classroom two times, give your neighbor one high-five (pausing in between each task for students to do it).
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,
Shake Your Sillies Out (Raffie)
Jump Skip Count
Have students count by twos, fives, tens etc. while jumping with each count. You could also practice spelling words this way.
Find it fast!
Call out a color or other trait (something round, something made of wood), and students must find an object in the room that fits the trait and get to it quickly.
Stand or Sit. Place your right hand across the body to the left knee as you raise it, then do the same thing for the left hand on the right knee as if you were marching.
This movement helps in learning better by coordinating the left and right brain.
Hold your right earlobe with your left thumb, and your left earlobe with your right thumb. Maintain this position while doing squats.
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Prepare for learning
Become calm, alert and ready for learning
More focused attention
Improves on-task behavior during instruction time
Two students hold a stick or ribbon, and everyone else goes under without touching the ground. Gradually lower the limbo stick.
Yoga in the classroom
middle of a block
It is not just the act of taking
the break that is important.
It is also about shifting your attention and giving your brain a true rest from what it was previously focusing on.
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increase in on-task behavior
need for verbal reminders decreased
"Before a brain break, my mind feels full. but after doing a brain break, my mind feels like it's ready to take in more information..."
"In class I sometimes feel bored and sleepy, but after a brain break, I feel energized and ready to learn."
Tired of thinking which brain break to use in class?
Create a brain break weekly plan
Use this brain break popsicle tool