Tuesday, May 22, 2012

State Test Prep & Top 5 Brain Breaks

So here is my take...

It is crunch time for teachers at my school as we are still taking state tests (May 31st is our last one)! Like many teachers I try to make test prep more meaningful to students by having stations, partner games, and interactive white board review games like jeopardy...but sometimes practice questions in standard form must be covered too!

This is exactly how I feel right now!

When test question strategy sessions must happen, the only thing that gets the kids through it are Brain Breaks!  Below are my classes Top 5 Brain Breaks this testing season!


1. Keep It Up: I have a reading comprehension beach ball in my room. Students try to keep the ball from touching the ground.

2. Elbow Knee Taps: With hands behind their ears. Students tap their elbow to their opposite knee. I usually draw a name for a student leader. The leader will come up with a pattern, like right, left, right, right. Once the class has practiced the pattern the game begins! As a class we are trying to beat our own time!

3. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean: As I sing the song students must change their direction whenever a "B" word is said. They either turn left, right, front, or back. It is quite funny when you get to "bring back, bring back, oh bring back my Bonny to me!" They look like spinning tops!!!

4. Random Dancing: So easy but quite fun! I just turn on music and they get to "boogie" (appropriately) while it is on.

5. The Cha-Cha Slide: I use the youtube clip below by Flametictac. It took my class several times before they had it down. I usually join in too for "exercise" reasons only! It has great easy to follow directions!!!

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The Cha Cha Slide has definitely been my classes favorite this year! 

If you have a fun quick Brain Break, please share below! I can never have enough!!!


Kelly Hall said...

I love your brain break ideas!!! I might have to try some over the next few weeks.

Josh Bennett said...

Great ideas!! :) If you have a SMART Board, there are several "Just Dance" videos on YouTube the kids can dance to as well. Some of my class's favorites are Eye of the Tiger, Kung Fu Fighting, and Despicable Me (Just Dance Kids).

Mr. B's Beach Brains

Heather said...

Very nice ideas! I especially like the Bonnie song idea, although I don't think I would lessen anyone's stress by singing!

Miss Foote said...

My kids love the video skeleton dance...even when it isn't the right time of year:-) Why just do what the skeleton does. Here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpvuqj5nv6U

Chickadee Jubilee

Andrea McEvoy said...

@Laurie...thanks for the video suggestions! I tried it and the kids loved it!!!
Andrea :)

Jessica Ann Stanford said...

Love these brain breaks!


Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class
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Michelle said...

Thanks for the Brain Break ideas Andrea! I think I'll use the Cha Cha Slide for my "clean up song" next year. As soon as you are cleaned up and at your seat, you may begin sliding! I think the kids will like it.

Anna Church or Hug-A-Bug said...

You all have many great ideas! I like the alphabetcise by Dr. Jean. Children have fun to the actions and also learn their alphabet sounds. Perfect for preparing for beginning readers!
Hug-A-Bug hugs!

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