There are some days, students walk in the door and they are just a wee bit crazy. Other days, no matter how many topics we have to cover in many engaging ways, student come in a bit lethargic.
What to do?
I'm a big fan of brain breaks. Whether it's a quick video usually found on YouTube, or some exercises, a quick minute or two can really change the student's mindset and help motivate students. A change of pace, some movement, and maybe a little laughter can really get things going.
This is all dependent on the type of brain break used. While it can sometimes work to do something fast paced when the students have an over abundance of energy, a few simple stretches to calm them down can help even more. Those days, when the class just seems to have a case of the yawns, a fun upbeat dance might just do the trick better.
During my undergrad, we took a short class for health and movement. Part of the requirements were to create a book of resources for our future classrooms that involved purposeful movement in the classroom (either the energize or to calm students). One resource I found was a free PDF booklet on K-5 Energizers 58 pages of ideas. It's a pretty great resource for when your looking to change things up.
I also love all of the "Just Dance" videos, "The Sid Shuffle" and many other videos that can be found on YouTube. However, you'll have to make sure that YouTube is not blocked at your school. Jivey, has mentioned a website to get around some of the bad stuff on YouTube (i.e. all of the inappropriate ideas/side bar items) by using a website called Safe Share, you just have to copy and paste the video link and it takes care of the rest.
If your looking for ideas for brain breaks or transitions I have many ideas pinned. I've tried to be more vigilant in making sure that all links work. You can see the board by clicking below.
While your on pinterest, be sure to like the new Collaborative 4-6th Grade pinterest board I am apart of. We are hosting a giveaway with a chance to win a $50 TPT gift certificate! To enter, click on the picture below and follow the instructions there! :)