5 GREAT CLASSROOM Break or indoor recess ACTIVITIES TO WAKE up the BRAIN! Sitting for long periods of time actually works against the ability of students to learn effectively. As students remain stationary, blood begins to pool in the buttocks and legs, creating a depression of brain attention, function, and learning capability. Research shows that students who are physically active perform better in school. Physical activity wakes up the brain and gets it ready for learning, it's important that our students get opportunities throughout the day for movement. Movement increases brain function. It's as simple as that. Using physical activity challenges in the classroom helps children get ready to learn and remember information better. Physical movement increases blood flow, bringing more oxygen to the brain and leads to improved concentration. These brain breaks can be used to energize a group at the beginning of the day, before a test, after lunch, or periodically throughout a long lesson. The idea is to provide some moderate activity that gets the blood pumping and real learning has the best opportunity to transpire.