Monday, November 17, 2008

Finger Aerobics Brain Break

This is a great Brain Break for your students.
It gets their brain working fast. It is a break they can do on their own. It is also very challenging.
It's called Finger Aerobics
Here it is:
Stand up
Lift both hands with four fingers up on each hand.
Move the pointer on one hand and the pinkie on the other.
Now move the tall finger on one hand and the ring finger on the other.
Next move the ring finger on one hand and the tall finger on the other.
Now move the pinkie on hand and the pointer on the other.
Keep doing this over and over to make a rippling effect.
This forces both sides of your brain to work together.
Try this for 30-40 seconds.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Say 21 and Win Brain Break

This idea was sent in by Sue McKay.
I have used it in my class and it worked great. My students were leaving the class saying "I have to play this at lunch"

“Say 21 and WIN”
Here are the rules…
The object is to say 21 and win.
You have the option when it is your turn to say the next consecutive number or two.
For example…. I go first
I say 1
You can say 2 or 2…3. You say 2.
Then I can say 3 or 3…4. I say 3 ... 4 and so on until someone says 21 and wins.
If I start with 1…2.
You can say 3 or 3…4
And so on. The person who says 21 wins. For a change, make the person who says 21 the loser.
There is a strategy and some kids get it right away.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Wave Brain Break

This activity is just what you think it is. It is creating a wave of some sort through your class.
Designate a person to be the leader.
Have a student stand up and take both hands from one side of their body, over their head to the other side of their body to create the "Wave".
This is one part of the wave. Each student will continue to do this until all have "Waved"
The leader must make sure everyone knows the order.
The leader should start the "Wave" as well as direct it.
Tell the class that they will need to work together to pass your (the teacher's) satisfaction.

It works on all the elements that we like in a Brain Break:
Crossing the mid-line, standing up, teamwork, and of course movement.

Happy Brain Breaks!