Give each student/child one of these cards as a way to indicate to you that a break is needed. The student can lay this card on his/her desk or raise it in the air for you to see.
Students could also place the Break Card beside their name in a pocket chart you will be monitoring. Additionally, these could be laminated and a piece of hook-and-loop tape could be placed on the back and on a wall or board. Students could place their Break Card in this location when a break is needed. This hook-and-loop tape location could also be on a student’s desk or work area.
Give students who frequently ask for breaks an allotment of these cards to "spend" with you each day/class. This helps students learn to manage when asking for a break is really necessary. Overtime, reduce the each student’s allotment as independence is gained.
Use these cards as prizes or rewards.
Students could also spend a Break Card for the opportunity during a test rejuvenate through the use of notes and study guides. Students may also be given an allotment of these to use during assessments to get a drink or use the restroom.
I highly recommend printing on cardstock and then laminating. Another option is cutting out the cards and gluing to tagboard paper. Follow that by laminating.
Sign the back of each Break Card for authenticity.
Be sure to clearly explain your limits with the break cards. This may include time limits, particular activities that are allowed, particular activities that are not allowed, and time minimums between breaks. I would recommend giving each student a copy of your limits, procedures, and expectations of the break cards and/or posting this guide somewhere prominent as well.