Brain Breaks | Back to School Icebreakers | Warm Up or Early Finisher Activities

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7th - 10th, Adult Education
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80 Task Cards + 25 Pages
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This wide assortment of fun brain break activities is sure to liven up your class! Research has shown that our brains are wired for novelty, so it is important to switch up our activities to refresh our brains and to think of things in a different way. These 80 brain break tasks will get your students moving, talking, creating, and thinking outside the box!

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These activities can be used as short brain breaks, ice breakers, warm-up activities, fillers, or early finisher tasks. They are perfect for any time you need to shake things up in your class. The activities have been randomized so you can work your way through the deck and have a good mix of types of tasks. Except for a few activities, no materials other than pencil and paper are needed. Some have optional handouts that you can use with the students, but in most cases, they are not required to complete the activity.

These activities are particularly great for ESL students because for many of the tasks, they will have an opportunity to discuss and work together with classmates. There are also many activities that use listening and/or describing skills, which will challenge them to think and communicate in English in new ways.

This resource contains the following:

  • 80 Activity cards with a variety of types of tasks
  • Index of activities with short description and any additional notes
  • 19 optional handouts to be used with certain activities

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