It’s THAT time of year. The one where everyone is on the countdown to summer vacation but before you can get there you have to make it through hours of testing all while trying to keep your restless students engaged and focused for the last stretch. We can’t help with all the testing, but we can remind you just how beneficial it is to keep your students moving! Exercise gets oxygen to the brain so students will retain all the review material and will feel more settled and better focused. Here are some brain break ideas that incorporate review!
This popular method of review allows students to keep learning while moving. Each desk has a number and a question. Students move from desk to desk, and answer the question in the corresponding space on their answer sheet. If they are at seat number 4, they put their answer in box number 4. When you say, “SCOOT,” they move to the next desk. It’s helpful to have students practice just moving from seat to seat the first time, and then they’ll be ready to move and review. Click here to access a FREE SCOOT Template from Teachers Pay Teachers and create your own review game that gets your kids up and scooting!
Turn to a kid-appropriate Pandora station and put on a little music. When the music stops, the kids have to freeze in place! This can be a quick break to get rid of the wiggles or if you need to fit in more review, every time they stop ask a question.
Take a quick brain break with Go Noodle! These can take very little time and can be done right there in the classroom.
The Walking Classroom
Our personal favorite for a much needed educational brain break is of course, The Walking Classroom! Need to go over figurative language again? Listen to idioms or similes and metaphors! Need to review the water cycle? There’s a podcast for that too! The Walking Classroom is a wonderful way to incorporate exercise and review key concepts students have to know for the test.