One of the most challenging things for students (and teachers!) about online learning is the lack of physical activity and movement they get during the day. It is not reasonable for us to expect students (and kids as young as 4 years old!) to sit through an entire day of online learning. Since I am teaching Phys. Ed. & Health this year, I feel like my students have watched all of YouTube! I am running out of new videos to share with them but there are always some goodies that we have on repeat. I will share with you my top 6 brain breaks that my students love, including a free scavenger hunt activity!
A GOOD OLD SCAVENGER HUNT
What child does not love a good scavenger hunt? I found a lot of scavenger hunt videos online that the students really enjoyed. I decided to create my own digital (and printable!) scavenger hunt for students to use online. I shared the activity with each student and gave the students 10 minutes to find as many items as possible on the list. Once they found an item, they had to return to the computer to check it off the list. This encouraged students to always keep moving. This free activity is available in my Free Virtual Library. If you are not signed up yet, click HERE to gain access.
BRAIN BREAKS CARDS
I always keep these brain break cards beside me when I need to fill a few minutes at the end of the period or at the beginning of class. The set includes 25 different activities for students to do. For example, they may be asked to pretend they are climbing a mountain for 2 minutes or do 25 jumping jacks. Sometimes I just choose a card at random, but there are times when I choose two cards and ask a student to choose which of the two activities they challenge the class to do. I have been using these cards online but also use them in class, especially during our long learning blocks (our longest one is 80 minutes!).
DJ RAPHI (DANCE)
My students LOVE DJ Raphi and I would be lying if I said I didn’t love him too! He is my go to when I want the kids to dance because he makes it easy to follow along and has so many great songs. They’re so catchy and I cannot help moving with my students when I watch his videos.
Are you looking for French videos on YouTube? Monsieur Steve has you covered! Monsieur Steve knows how to put together fun and educational videos to help students learn French while they are having fun. He has everything from field trips, holiday and seasonal themed videos, vocabulary AND FITNESS! He has a variety of brain break videos that encourage students to be active while learning French. Check out his latest videos!
I am so thrilled to have found Madame Mindet’s YouTube channel! She has a variety of brain breaks in French that your students are going to love. She also has videos that are great for promoting mindfulness and well-being. Some of my students’ favourite videos include:
- Roche, papier, ciseaux (Rock, paper, scissors)
- Préfèrerais-tu? (Would you rather?)
- Dance et fige (Freeze dance!)
- Jeux de mots (this game includes a bunch of word riddles that students need to solve to figure out what the mystery word is)
This is a class favourite! Every time I log into my Google Classroom, the students ask me to play Go Noodle. There are Go Noodle videos on YouTube, but did you know that you can create an account for your class on the Go Noodle website? You can then choose a character to represent your class. Every time you complete a dance, workout or activity, you are awarded points. When you reach 10 points, your character levels up and transforms! That is every student’s favourite part. They just love seeing their little character go into the Transmogrifier and see his transformation. Go Noodle has so many different channels and educational videos too. Students are learning while they are moving, which is always a bonus!
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