Brain Breaks

A Virtual Physical Activity Idea Book for Elementary Classroom Teachers

Brain Breaks

2005 BRAIN BREAKS

ALL SUBJECTS MATERIALS PAGE GRADE
Are You for Real? Words & Definitions 1.1 5-6
Beach Ball Review Beach Ball 1.2 1-3
Deer in Headlights Objects in the room 1.3 K-1
Morning Routine None 1.4 K-6
Moving Monkeys None 1.5 1-2
The Human Bug None 1.7 3-6
The Seat Exchange None 1.8 3-6
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HALLWAYS      
Now We're Moving None 2.1 PK-1
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LANGUAGE ARTS      
Air Writing None 3.1 K-1
Balloon Letters Paper & crayons 3.2 K-1
Chaos Vocabulary words by letter 3.3 1-6
Clue Visual clues 3.4 K-6
Frozen Vocabulary None 3.5 1-4
Social Butterfly None 3.6 1-2
Spelling Bee None 3.7 1-5
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MATH      
Cereal Math Box of fruit rings cereal 4.1 1-2
Dice Game Dice 4.2 1-6
Dicey Answers None 4.3 3-6
Fun with Math Deck of cards 4.4 1-4
Knots 1/4" rope, 24" length 4.6 PK-6
Shapely Math Scissors, construction paper, floor tape or chalk 4.7 3-4
The Wrestling Mathematician None 4.8 1-3
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SCIENCE      
Correct Steps None 5.1 3-6
Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Survivor? Emergency demonstration items 5.2 4-6
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SOCIAL STUDIES      
The Navigator Compass designation 6.1 3-6
The States Map of the U.S. 6.2 3-6
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ORIGINAL BRAIN BREAKS

ALL SUBJECTS MATERIALS PAGE GRADE
Train Connection None 1.1 K-1
Knots of People None 1.2 3-6
Hallway Jive Playground Ball 1.3 2-5
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LANGUAGE ARTS      
Find It In a Flash Color/Shape Cards 2.1 K-1
Dr. Tape Floor Tape 2.2 K-2
Hopping Squared None 2.3 K-5
A Special Person None 2.4 PK-6
Vocabulary Hot Potato Medium Sized Ball 2.5 1-6
Lights Camera Acion Adverb/Verb Cards 2.6 2-4
Spelling Bee Obstacle Course Hula Hoop 2.7 3-6
Swat That Word 2 Fly Swatters 2.8 3-6
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MATH      
Numbered Wall Touches Numbered Sheets 3.1 K-3
Hot Foot None 3.2 K-4
Hallway Hopscotch None 3.3 K-4
The Human Calculator Calculator Poster 3.4 K-5
Math Bridge Numbered Cards 3.5 K-6
Let's Go Shopping Money/Price Tags 3.6 1-3
Count Hop-U-La None 3.7 1-4
What's the Magic Number? None 3.8 1-6
Team Moves Orange Cones 3.9 3-4
Numerical Hopscotch Floor Tape 3.10 3-6
52 Pick-Up Playing Cards 3.11 4-5
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MUSIC      
Move to the Front Whistle 4.1 PK-K
Old McDonald None 4.2 K-2
Scrambled Legs Bag Ball 4.3 K-4
76 Trombones None 4.4 K-6
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SCIENCE      
Them Bones Skeleton Handout 5.1 3-6
Heart Beat Heart Rate Chart 5.2 3-6
Plant X None 5.3 4-6
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SOCIAL STUDIES      
Compass Points Compass Poster 6.1 1-4
What's In A Word? Language Cards 6.2 1-6
50 States State Cards (2 sets) 6.3 2-5
Map It Large Map of the United States, 100 Tokens, 4 Boxes 6.2 3-6
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Domains Addressed in Brain Breaks

Cognitive Psychomotor Skills Fitness Psychosocial
Body Image Balance Flexibility Best Effort
Following General Coordination Strength Cooperation
Directions
Language
Hand/Foot/Eye
  Coordination
Aerobic Self Control
Compassion
Laterality Tactile Touch   Respect
Sequencing     Responsibility
      Constructive
      Competition

Development

This virtual activity booklet was developed by undergraduate teacher education students from Albion College, Concordia University, and the University of Michigan to help increase the number of physical activities implemented in the elementary classroom.

Developed by the Michigan Department of Education in collaboration with:

  • Michigan Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD)
  • Albion College
  • Concordia College
  • University of Michigan

Layout and design of Brain Breaks documents by the Curriculum Leadership Unit of the Michigan Department of Education:

  • Elizabeth Coke Haller, Acting Supervisor
  • Meghan Drummond, Student Assistant
  • Courtney Troost, Student Assistant