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    Each popscicle 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." Then I randomly select a popsicle stick and we do the activity together. The kids absolutely go NUTS for these fun little activities. None last longer than a minute and it's a great way to get them focused!

    Brain Break Sticks

    32 Must-Try Classroom Management Tips. Great ideas for positive reinforcement, brain breaks, grouping kids and tons more.

    Superhero themed brain breaks. Have kiddos imagine being superheroes when performing brain breaks! Pink Oatmeal

    Flip Flop writing idea! Going to have to do this after Spring Break!!

    I love her brain break video clips!...If you play these vids you will easily be the coolest teacher in the building!

    This is a great way to incorporate Brain Breaks in our every day teaching. Pick out a stick and do the activity with your class for one minute.

    FREE Brain Breaks - Printable games and activities for 5 minute classroom breaks. (from Being Inspired)


    Take a Break..and cool down!

    Brain Breaks

    Look for random acts of kindness to fill the Grinch with love...

    yoga in the classroom...maybe good when I see the kids need a brain break or are overly energetic

    Great left/right crossover mini activities to break up classroom sitting! SmartBoard version available with video links!

    Look HOO'S in Our Room! Cute owl door or bulletin board idea! This blog shows other second grade classroom ideas, too.

    Deanna Jump's Classroom Behavior Chart with Mr. Potato Head Prompts as Visual Clues> Using Potatoe head parts in this way is catchy - I'd use different wording.

    Instead of using popsicle stick, use clothespins! Once you've called that friend... clip it onto the bucket!

    Teaching time

    Sparking Student Motivation: Whole Brain Teaching...Was looking for a way to get my 5's to listen to me this week. I have three or four that just keep right on talking no matter what I say. Will have to try this!!!!

    Dr. Jean chants!