My new Brain Break Balloons! bulletin board needs a few more balloons and it will be ready to go next week. I have 70 minute classes and when students are listening to the target language for 90%+ of the class period, their brains definitely need a break.
I searched Pinterest and other places on the web for ideas for brain breaks. Then I wrote the brain break activity on a piece of paper and put it inside the balloon before I blew up the balloon. I stapled the very end of the balloons to the bulletin board. When my students need a brain break, I'll choose a student to pop a balloon, and the activity listed on the slip of paper inside the balloon will be our brain break activity.
There are a mixture of activities in the target language (such as listening to a Sr. Wooly song) and other activities that aren't in Spanish. After all, it is a Brain Break, so maybe a break from the language is the route I should take.
UPDATE: Martina Bex wrote a post about the science behind Brain Breaks PLUS she made a document of a list of brain breaks which you can download, for FREE!, from TPT.
- Click HERE for Martina's explanation of the science of Brain Breaks.
- Click HERE for Martina's Brain Break ideas document on TPT. (She also has a large collection of lessons, cultural readings, games, and other useful materials at TPT, so check those out also.)
Some of the activities in the balloons are:
- watch one of Sr. Wooly's videos
- Simón dice (Simon says)
- Stand up, arms outstretched, palms facing outward, move left hand back and forth and move right hand up and down at the same time; then switch;
- Sing "Los Pollitos Dicen" w/out lyrics: http://youtu.be/oTApI_rUZ2E w/ lyrics: http://youtu.be/PVv7pIssaMc
- Bolsa Fea - 3 words
- 5 a Day Hula
- Teacher chooses a photo from this blog post and students work with partner or small group to create the best caption (in TL or English, may depend on level)
- hokey pokey led by student
- jumping jacks
- Akinator app (1 time)
- Athlete Quotes - read one of the quotes on this site and give the students three choices of which person said it
- Write a statement on the board, such as "My favorite dessert is_____"; the teacher reads the statement and fills in the blank then tosses a bean bag to a student and the student says the statement, tosses bag to another student, etc.
- there are others, but I can't think of them now. I guess I'll have to wait until the students break that balloon to add it to the list.
Newest update: Did you see the "Go Find Momo" photos? Today Meg Villanueva posted THIS LINK on Facebook, or go directly to the site at http://gofindmomo.com/ . If you want to use the TL, ask students to say where the dog is in the TL, ex: on the left (a la izquierda), etc