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Energizing Brain Breaks

The fastest way to keep your students engaged!

It's an all too familiar sight: that glazed look in your students' eyes. They've been sitting or listening for too long. What they need is an Energizing Brain Break—a quick physical and mental challenge that's like hitting the refresh button on your computer, but for your students.

This practical full-color flip book contains 50 highly effective, classroom-tested brain breaks that you can put to immediate use across the grades. No preparation or supplies are required; just one to two minutes of your time when you see a need. You'll find pictures, directions, and online videos for activities such as:

Slap Count Letters: students alternate slapping each other's hands while spelling a word 
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math: partners reveal a certain number of fingers to each other, and the first person to add them together wins
Bizz-Buzz: groups of students count from 1 to 40 using a combination of numbers and words
There's no better way to help students remain sharp and alert, reenergized to take on the next task of learning!

Also available in these versions for free with your purchase: Videos, PowerPoint, SmartBoard. Softcover, 64 pages.

Part I. Individual Brain Breaks 
  • Arm Stretch 
  • Arm Wrap 
  • Choir Director 
  • Different Direction Circles Index Fingers 
  • Different Direction Circles Thumbs 
  • Ear and Nose Switch 
  • Elbow to Knee Stretch 
  • Elbow to Knee Tap Patterns 
  • Figure Eights 
  • Finger Aerobics Patterns 
  • Finger Aerobics Ripple 
  • Finger Tips 
  • I Bet You Can’t Do This 
  • Inch Worm Stretch 
  • Lap Tap 
  • Palm Tapping 
  • Paper Twirling 
  • Pretzel Outline Index Fingers 
  • Pretzel Stretch Fists 
  • Right On Left Balance 
  • T Stretch 
  • Thumb and Pinkie 
  • Touch Your Fingers Behind Your Back 
  • Twisted 
  • X Bob and Wiggle 
Part II. Partner Brain Breaks 
  • Bizz Buzz 
  • Five 
  • Hand Shake #1 
  • Hand Shake #2 
  • Hook Ups 
  • Letter Spots 
  • Number Spots Addition 
  • Number Spots Multiplication 
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math Addition 
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math Multiplication 
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math Negative 
  • Say 21 and Win 
  • Slap Count and Say 21 and Win 
  • Slap Count Letters 
  • Slap Count Numbers Going Down 
  • Slap Count Numbers Going Up 
  • Ten 
  • Thumb War or Peace 
Part III. Group Brain Breaks 
  • Gotcha 
  • Let it Rain 
  • Passing out Papers 
  • Snowball 
  • Wave Clapping Patterns 
  • Wave Motion 
  • X’s and O’s
Stock # Description Retail ea. Qty
B535-Net Energizing Brain Breaks 19.95

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