Brain Breaks for the Classroom - 1 minute Animal Themed Sensory Breaks!
Brain Breaks - energize your classroom in these 1 minute breaks created by an occupational therapist - Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR.
Students need to learn to modulate activity level - from too low or too high, to a calm and focused level. If the energy of the class is too low, pull an animal card for a one minute break out for a sensory break! Raise the level of energy and focus between or during assignments. Each card has an animal fact, a 1 minute activity, and usually a social skill or a attention and focus skill included!
This file has a poster that will help students learn to modulate their focus and attending. Most students can quickly do a brain break, and then modulate to a calm and focused, yet energized level. But for some students who may have a hard time modulating from too active back to calm after a break, this activity has posters that show students with pictures/words HOW to modulate back to a calm and focused level! With some practice, these students can learn to modulate their own behavior, and know what to expect! Students need movement during the day. With a decrease in recess and an increase in the workload - students will benefit from these brain breaks.
Have your own ideas for brain breaks? This kit has 40 blank animal cards where an instructor can write in their own brain break ideas! Cool! Students can also write in their own ideas on these cards!
Need a bonus assignment? Pass out the blank cards, and have the students research facts about each animal! Then the next time that card is drawn for a brain break, the students can also learn more facts about each animal! Make an animal poster of animal facts for the classroom by posting these to a poster board.
Students will love the creative brain breaks. Created by an occupational therapist with years of experience in the public schools - these activities will serve to work through different muscle groups for sensory breaks to allow different areas of the body to be concentrated on. Students slumping at their desks - pull the giraffe card where students stretch their neck with an activity. Wiggly legs in the classroom - pull the lizard card for lizard lunges. Need a quick game for answering questions on an assignment - pull the horse card and send students to four corners to their "fences" to answer questions! Need a social time for a minute - pull the penguin card and have the students pair up and ice skate a lap around the room. These are just some of the creative activities in this kit. As always, the graphics are of excellent quality, with creativity thrown in for an awesome kit full of a years worth of fun breaks to get kids moving and learning!
Print out posters (2), and then print out activity cards on card stock. Cut out and glue or tape to popsicle sticks. Place in a large cup, pail or flower pot. Each card will describe the activity and students can then begin fun 1 minute breaks. Research states that when students are at a focused, modulated level - they learn better!
Follow Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR for more fun activities for center time or the classroom. Most of all - have fun!
Also on TPT - a companion file - "Writing Prompts - Zoo or Jungle Animal Facts and Research for Writing". Uses these same cards - has fun animal facts already written on the card. During sensory brain breaks, the teacher could use this file, to give even more facts about the animals. Put these on a class poster for easy access!