Brain Breaks

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Freebies, vocabulary development | 1 comment

“I like nonsense, it wakes up brain cells.”  – Dr. Seuss

Brain Breaks

We’ve learned that regularly incorporating short movement activities into the instructional day allows children to get their ‘wiggles’ out, and energizes them and increases their ability to focus on the next learning activity.

Find It in a Flash

This activity helps students make associations (which also helps develop vocabulary).  The teacher needs a set of flashcards with colors,  shapes, letters, or numbers etc. For a quick brain break randomly flash a card, students must quickly find five things in the classroom the correspond to that card. For example, flash a square, students tell their shoulder partner or team 5 items in the room that are square, contain a square, etc. Flash red, find 5 red items. Flash “L” find five items that start with L or find the letter L posted in 5 places in the room. Flash 3 and students must find 5 things that come in threes in the room.

I have created 24 flashcards for colors, shapes, letters, and numbers for you to download free or buy it from my TpT store by clicking on the picture.

Find It in a Flash




Are You For Real?

I love this brain break because it is all about vocabulary! The teacher gives an unfamiliar word (for example, tintinnabulation) along with 2 definitions (the sound of bells or covering something with foil). Students are asked to discuss the word and definitions and decide together which definition is for real.

The Seat Exchange

During a review session, students who answer a question correctly switch seats with the person in front, behind, or to the left or right of them. Be sure to have many questions ready for much movement.

And If You Are Really Brave

Would you like to share a favorite brain break? Please write about it in the comments.

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One Comment

  1. Ann, I really like the brain break idea, “AreYou For Real?” Do you have any suggestions on where to find words to use for this break?

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