Zoom Activities Remote Learning Warm-Ups and Distance Learning Games

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Ready to get your students’ brains “bursting” with new skills? Brain Bursts are fun and creative activities designed to improve learning and memory.

This resource includes 10 types of Brain Bursts with 60 different activities. Each one is designed to help improve memory encoding, information processing, and listening comprehension. Since each activity is designed to take a short amount of time, they work great as warm-ups, lesson extenders, or enrichment activities.

The best part? Your students will have so much fun taking on each of these challenges that they will not even realize they are learning!

Great news! This resource requires NO PREP and NO COPIES! That means that it is very versatile! Use Brain Bursts in a variety of ways:

  • Warm-Ups
  • Lesson Extenders
  • Listening Comprehension Centers
  • Before or After Tests/Quizzes
  • Remote Learning – completed with a video conferencing platform
  • Test Prep (especially listening comprehension)
  • Enrichment Activities

Purpose of Brain Bursts

Brain Bursts are designed to activate students’ brains while building critical skills. These activities address:

  • Listening comprehension
  • Recognizing literal meaning
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Sequencing
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Spatial skills
  • Following directions
  • Memory
  • Recall
  • Classification
  • Reasoning
  • Brainstorming
  • Creative writing
  • Inferring
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Categorizing
  • Information processing

Brain Bursts Included (60 activities total!):

  • LISTEN CAREFULLY: Students listen to a passage and then answer questions based on what they can remember.

  • MYSTERY WORDS: Students listen to clues and guess what is being described.

  • LISTEN & DRAW: Students listen and respond to step-by-step directions for creating an illustration

  • RAPID RECALL: Students listen to a list of words and are challenged to remember as many as they can.

  • ALTERED STORIES: Students listen to two versions of the same story. They need to figure out the differences between the two.

  • SEQUENCE THESE: Students listen to a set of words. Then, they need to figure out a logical way to sequence the words.

  • SHAPES, SHAPES, SHAPES: Students turn regular shapes into creative objects.

  • MYSTERY ITEM: Students make inferences as they listen to clues about a mystery object that they need to figure out.

  • ADD THE ENDING: Students listen to the beginning of a story. Then, they take over the writing process and write an ending.

  • MISMATCH LISTS: Students listen to a list of words. Then, they determine which word does not belong.

This resource includes:

  • Detailed teacher guide
  • Brain Bursts Overview (includes skills and time)
  • Detailed lesson for each Brain Burst (includes overview, directions, and extension ideas)
  • 10 Different Types Brain Burst Activities
  • 60 Different Brain Burst Activities
  • All Answer Keys

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.


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