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Stand Up Sit Down Brain Break {First Day of School}

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Learning Objective

Students will learn about their classmates' summer and back to school feelings.


Stand Up Sit Down is used as a fun, quick brain break that gets students out of their seats for a few minutes. This First Day of School brain break will allow for students to see what they have in common with their classmates, as well as give you a pulse of the class. There are some questions about what they did over the summer and first day of school-related questions.

The first day of school is filled with lots of information for students as your introduce rules and procedures. This brain break will reenergize students when they are looking like they need a break!


☞A distance learning version has been added. It has 23 slides. Use some or use them all!

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How to Play

Stand Up Sit Down can be played while students are at their desk or all together in front of the board, or learning from home. You will read the statement on the slide.  Students will stand up when the statement applies to them or they agree.  They will stay standing until you say “sit down.”  The students will remain sitting if the statement doesn’t apply to them.  For example:  You will read the slide” Stand up if you had a fun summer break.”  All the students that had a fun summer break will stand.  The students that did not have fun over the summer will remain seated.  After a few seconds of standing, you will say “sit down” and then read the next statement.  Continue playing until you have done all the slides.


  • Students discover what they have in common with classmates
  • Students will expend some energy
  • Students will be better able to concentrate after taking a brain break
  • Classroom management technique
  • Only takes a few minutes
  • No prep


  • There are two versions to choose from: In Person and Distance Learning. The In-Person version is for your students who are in the classroom. The Distance Learning version is for students who are learning virtually from home.
  • There are two graphics versions to choose from: Version 1 and Version 2. Version 1 has clipart that teachers may find more appropriate for the primary grades, while Version 2 has clipart that teachers may find more appropriate for the intermediate grades.


  • In-Person Version: There are 20 non-editable slides in the PowerPoint presentation, plus one “How to Play” slide with brief directions.
  • Distance Learning Version: There are 23 non-editable slides, with prompts that are distance learning-appropriate as well as some of the same slides from the original, face to face version.
  • Links for Google Slides™ for all 4 versions.

You may also be interested in a similar brain break: Switching Sides {First Week of School}

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