Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Slap Count Brain Break

Slap Count

Face each other with your palms up.

Person A should take their right hand and cross over and hit person B’s right hand and say 1

Then person A should take their left hand and cross over and hit person B’s left hand and say 2

Person B does the same except says 3 and 4.

This repeats until you reach 30.


Go up by 3’s 5’s, or any number.

Start at a number and go down by another number (like start at 34 and go down by 3’s)

Start at one and double each number

Each person spells their own name or any other vocabulary from class

Make a pattern like the left hand always adds 2 and the right hand always adds 3

Each person spells a word. Both try to figure out the other person’s word.

Thanks to Jean Blaydes Madigan for this idea

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hook Ups Brain Break

One person should
Clap and miss
Thumbs down
Hands together
Scoop the ice cream (like pictured)

The other person should
Point out a finger or thumb for the other person to move (don't touch the finger)
Try pointing to a few fingers before switching roles

This Brain Break crosses the mid-line of your body and helps both sides of your brain work together.

Thanks to Jean Blaydes Madigan for this idea.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Rocks, Paper, Scissors, MATH

Brain Break: Rocks, Paper, Scissors, Math
•You can only use the numbers 1,2,3 or 4
•You can’t use your thumb as a number
•You must hold your hand flat
•The first person to add the numbers together wins that round.
•Have students play the best of 5 rounds.

•Variations are that one person is negative, both are negative, or multiply the numbers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Passing out Papers will Never be the Same

Teachers STOP passing out papers. Instead, lets have our students pass out papers. Actually, have our students throw out the papers into the air to the rest of the class. Pick a student at random, and have him/her throw the papers into the air (not at other students) and all of the papers go everywhere. Most students will quickly get up and go over and get their paper. If it is a worksheet, they just have to go over and pick up one. Some students will want to ask other students to get their paper. Try and encourage all to get out of their seats. It promotes a good movement brain break.
**For tests and quizzes, I still encourage teachers to pass out these.
Dave Sladkey

Thanks to Pat Quinn for this idea