Energizing Brain Breaks

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The fastest way to keep your students engaged

Glazed look in your students' eyes? They need is an Energizing Brain Break—a quick physical and mental challenge to refresh them. This full-color flip book contains 50 highly effective, classroom-tested ideas for all grades. You'll find pictures, directions, and online videos for activities like:

  • Slap Count Letters: students alternate slapping each other's hands ...
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Overview

The fastest way to keep your students engaged

Glazed look in your students' eyes? They need is an Energizing Brain Break—a quick physical and mental challenge to refresh them. This full-color flip book contains 50 highly effective, classroom-tested ideas for all grades. You'll find pictures, directions, and online videos for activities like:

  • Slap Count Letters: students alternate slapping each other's hands while spelling a word
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math: partners reveal a certain number of fingers to each other, and the first person to add them together wins
  • Bizz-Buzz: groups of students count from 1 to 40 using a combination of numbers and words

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Editorial Reviews

Sue and Randy Pippen
"We use Energizing Brain Breaks in our teacher workshops so they will use them with their students. They enjoy the break and activity as much as their students do! "
Kathleen Richards
"This book is AWESOME!!! I feel that every teacher should have one in their classroom. Not only does it give the students a quick break, but they get excited about them. It also has so many choices: whole group, individual, partner, and small group. No matter the age, any student can perform most breaks."
Jean Blaydes
"Energizing Brain Breaks is an excellent resource for quick, simple, andchallenging activities that students can do to activate their brain for more optimal learning. Many of the activities were developed by students, for students and really engage the adolescent brain. This is the resource that teachers need to get their students moving in learning."
Judy Sterling
“Energizing Brain Breaks is a great teaching tool. I use it daily with my kids. They LOVE the short activities and get so excited. One of their favorites is 'Gotcha.'"
Bill Wiesbrook
“Physical movement and academic learning should not be separated. Research shows that physical movement and exercise are beneficial for the brain and learning. Dave Sladkey regularly incorporates movement in his high school math lessons, which helps to make his classroom a vibrant learning atmosphere. I strongly encourage every classroom teacher to use this book as a resource to transformyour classroom into a place where students are alert and ready to learn at their full potential!”
Scott Miller
“Dave's book is a terrific way to refocus and energize your students in the classroom. I have used his brain breaks in all kinds of settings and every time people smile, laugh, and have fun. This is a must have in any teacher's classroom and in any administrator's meeting!”
Paul Zientarski
"I have witnessed the effect of brain breaks in the classroom. After a simple minute or two, students become re-energized and re-engaged in the learning process. Thank you Dave Sladkey for creating a book that simplifies the process of selecting them and understanding them.”
Neil MacNeill
“I have successfully used Brain Breaks with my school staff and these strategies also have the potential to enhance students’ learning by breaking the lesson into bite-sized chunks, and then turbo-charging the next part of the lesson. On reflection, this important strategy is rarely taught to preservice teachers and it is an area of teaching that can imperil not only the efficacy of the lesson but the teachers’ status in their classrooms.”
Neil Mac Neill
“I have successfully used Brain Breaks with my school staff and these strategies also have the potential to enhance students’ learning by breaking the lesson into bite-sized chunks, and then turbo-charging the next part of the lesson. On reflection, this important strategy is rarely taught to preservice teachers and it is an area of teaching that can imperil not only the efficacy of the lesson but the teachers’ status in their classrooms.”
Sue and Randy Pippen
"We use Energizing Brain Breaks in our teacher workshops so they will use them with their students. They enjoy the break and activity as much as their students do!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452268125
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 145,272
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Sladkey has been teaching high school mathematics since 1987. He was named Teacher of the Year for Naperville School District 203 in 2007 and the Office Max Innovative Teacher of the Month in March of 2009. David loves to get his students moving and participating actively in their learning. He appreciates technology that impacts curriculum and is easy to implement. Davis uses a SMART Board in his classes every day and is the mathematics department technology specialist. He has coauthored a book, “Easy SMART Board Teaching Templates,” with Scott Miller and is the author of Energizing Brain Breaks, a Corwin bestseller, and Engaging Teaching Tools. David is passionate about his teaching and reflects this journey in his blog, “Reflections of a High School Math Teacher” (teachinghighschoolmath.blogspot.com). David is also an avid cyclist and loves spending time with his wife and three children.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Individual Brain Breaks
Arm Stretch
Arm Wrap
Choir Director
Different Direction Circles Index Fingers
Different Direction Circles Thumbs
Ear and Nose Switch
Elbow to Knee Stretch
Elbow to Knee Tap Patterns
Figure Eights
Finger Aerobics Patterns
Finger Aerobics Ripple
Finger Tips
I Bet You Can’t Do This
Inch Worm Stretch
Lap Tap
Palm Tapping
Paper Twirling
Pretzel Outline Index Fingers
Pretzel Stretch Fists
Right On Left Balance
T Stretch
Thumb and Pinkie
Touch Your Fingers Behind Your Back
Twisted
X Bob and Wiggle
Part II. Partner Brain Breaks
Bizz Buzz
Five
Hand Shake #1
Hand Shake #2
Hook Ups
Letter Spots
Number Spots Addition
Number Spots Multiplication
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math Addition
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math Multiplication
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math Negative
Say 21 and Win
Slap Count and Say 21 and Win
Slap Count Letters
Slap Count Numbers Going Down
Slap Count Numbers Going Up
Ten
Thumb War or Peace
Part III. Group Brain Breaks
Gotcha
Let it Rain
Passing out Papers
Snowball
Wave Clapping Patterns
Wave Motion
X’s and O’s

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