Yoga Brain Break can help manage classroom behavior by giving students time to stimulate their brains and calm their bodies. It can increase focus and decrease test taking anxiety, calm and activate the brain at the same time, and increase comprehension when paired with an academic task. Brain breaks based on read alouds may be included as part of the ELA block to reinforce comprehension and story sequence or use it during a social skills lesson.
Chrysanthemum is a great story for the begining of the school year. Chrysanthemum has always loved her name until she starts school and her classmates tease her for being named after a flower. It is a great story to teach acceptance of others and self.
This brain break takes students from sitting to standing through two sequences and ends with a partner pose and a group share of what they like about their own name. You can extend it by having each student share something they like about their partner's name.