WHY BRAIN BREAKS?
Brain breaks provide students increased blood flow to the brain through bursts of activities that send more oxygen to the brain. Brain breaks have been shown to increase student retention rates and on-task behaviors in the classroom
You can learn more about brain breaks in this article: Using Brain Breaks to Restore Students' Focus
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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 five jumping jacks, spin around four times, hop on one foot three times, 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).
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.”