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"Brain Break" sticks! Each Popsicle stick has an activity on it {like spin 3x, jump rope, macarena, seat swap, etc...}.  When I see that the kids are starting to fade away, I stop and say "man, our brains need to take a break...lets do a brain break." Trivia questions too. @Cyndy Seifert

"BRAIN BREAK" STICKS -- Each popscicle stick has an activity on it {like spin jump rope, macarena, seat swap, etc. When the kids are starting to fade away, randomly select a popsicle stick and do the activity together.

Write brain breaks on colored craft sticks, and let a student choose one when your class needs a mental break! Get your kiddos up and moving!

Idea for Brownie Dance Badge: For a "surprise" movement/dance when you need something to fill time. Would be easy to put in a can and have a student pick one out. Use rhythm patterns for student to clap, or sing intervals, or name tempo markings, etc.

Use the saying "Kiss your brain!" when students do something very smart (they kiss their palm and then put it to their forehead!) With this method, students get a Hershey Kiss when they are caught using their brain or being good. This idea came from Teaching Madness via [simply speech]

*Teaching Maddeness* Kiss your brain jar! Love this idea. I say this all the time and then they can get a little "kiss" for thinking!

Highlighters next to the turn in tray. Kids must highlight their name before they turn in. A little helpful reminder to make sure everyone remembers their name! (Plus other cute ideas on this blog) @Welcome to Room 36

Awesome way for a child to remember to write their name on their paper. Get them to highlight their name before turning in their paper. Children love to highlight!

SHAKE BREAK- great to play when kids need to shake out the wiggles (Song for Kids ♫ 1:27)

SHAKE BREAK- great to play when kids need to shake out the wiggles (Song for Kids ♫ Brain break video

Afternoon yoga program has helped me "keep the lid" on in the afternoons . . . best part . . . it's FREE!

Classroom Yoga - Afternoon yoga program has helped me "keep the lid" on in the afternoons .

Yes/No spoons!  Cheap and easy way to let every student actively participate in a lesson : )

Yes/No spoons! Cheap and easy way to let every student actively participate in a lesson : ) a great way to assess and check for understanding for my evaluations. One side could be painted red and the other green so it would be easier to see.

Telling Time - Bulletin Board Set. This Telling Time Kit works with any analog classroom clock to teach time visually. Set also includes 6 punch-out clocks with hands to practice basic time concepts.

Telling time bb set

Eureka Telling Time Bulletin Board Sets - this would be great to add to our clock when each concept is introduced

Wonderful idea if the kids are "trained" well enough, so it really only takes a minute of instructional time.

One minute activities to get the kids' blood pumping and to break up seatwork time. Say "activity time" choose a stick and set the timer.

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