Do you have students that can't sit still for long periods of time, gets extremely upset, or gets overwhelmed easily? Well, maybe they need short breaks throughout the day so that they can calm down and be ready to learn. I only uses these cards with certain students that may need them. Students get these break cards throughout the day and use them when they feel upset or overwhelmed. They hand me their break card and they get to take a break. You must teach them to use these wisely because once they run out, there are no more breaks. My student that uses these gets a break card during our ELA block, one during our math block, and 2 during our afternoon block. I spread them out so they don't use them all right away. My student takes a 2 minute break in a quiet place in the classroom.
See my blog post to see how I use these: