Which Student Do You Want to Teach?The red color represents how the brain has been “turned on” after 20 minutesof moderate physical activity.Are You Ready to Give A Brain Break Now?
Below are links to several brain break videos. Brain Breaks are designed to be short in duration, which allows students a chance to move and refocus their attention.
Elementary Focus (K-5)
* (K-5) physical/academic activities that incorporate core subject areas
- General Brain Breaks
- Math Brain Breaks
- Science Brain Breaks
- Social Studies Brain Breaks
- Language Arts Brain Breaks
- (K-5) physical activities are integrated with academic concepts
- Over 20 activities each for K-2 and for 3-5.
- Developed through East Carolina University with the support of NC Healthy Schools, Be Active North Carolina, Inc., and the NC Department of Public Instruction
- (K-3) curriculum designed by the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Includes 32 fitness breaks, nutrition concepts, visual aid cards, and more.
- These fitness breaks integrate grade-level academic concepts and physical activity in a 10-minute educational lesson.
- (K-5) physical activities that are broken down into core content area
- Developed by undergraduate teacher education students from Albion College, Concordia University, and the University of Michigan
- Original Brain Breaks
- 2005 Brain Breaks
- Join more than 9,000 teachers already participating in the single most popular physical activity program available to schools.
- Age appropriate co-curricular program streamed directly into general education classrooms.
- Weekly adventures assist schools in fighting obesity by increasing physical activity from the safety and comfort of the classroom.
- Each episode provides 30 minutes of MVPA, moderate to vigorous weekly physical activity.
- Adventures and corresponding Teacher Guides align to National Standards in Health, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science and Math.
- Teachers must create an account to receive these activities.
Middle School Focus (6-8)
CATCH II (Nov. 2011) Activity Breaks
- Recent studies in Texas have found a correlation between physically fit students and academic achievement
- Results from FITNESSGRAM tests and PASS & CATCH have shown that students who are physically fit are more likely to do well on standardized tests
- FITNESSGRAM results also found an association between physical activity and good school attendance as well as fewer disciplinary referrals
- Activities integrate math, science, social studies and language arts concepts
Middle/High School Focus (6-12)
Energizing Brain Breaks Blog Videos
- Quick 1-2 minute activities
- No preparation and no extra materials needed
- Challenge the students’ brain by crossing the mid-line of their body, which helps both sides of their brain to engage
- Blog started in 2008 and contains over 40 videos of students performing Energizing Brain Breaks
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Toe Tapping Energizing Brain Break
ABC/123 Energizing Brain Break
Energizing Brain Break Crab
Gotcha Energizing Brain Break and the DVD is Comin...
ITSY BITSY SPIDER Energizing Brain Break for Stude...
Blink Brain Break
The Waiter Brain Break
Guns and Roses Brain Break
Elbow to Knee Taps Brain Break
Finger Tips Brain Break
Hand Shake #2 Energizing Brain Break
Pretzel Stretch with your Fists
Palm Tapping Energizing Brain Break
Hand Shake # 1 that is a BRAIN BREAK
I Bet You Can't Do This!
Let it RAIN Brain Break
Arm Wrap Brain Break
Slap Count + Say 21 and Win Brain Break
Inch Worm Brain Break
"Twisted" Brain Break
"FIVE" Brain Break
T Stretch Brain Breaks
Arm Stretch Energizing Brain Break
Figure Eight Brain Break
Thumb and Pinkie Brain Break
Infinity Sign (Choir Director) Brain Break
Different Arm Directions Brain Break
Finger Aerobics Brain Break
Say 21 and Win Brain Break
The Wave Brain Break
Paper Twirling Brain Break
Slap Count Brain Break
Hook Ups Brain Break
Rocks, Paper, Scissors, MATH
Passing out Papers will Never be the Same