Exercise Breaks in the Classroom

Exercise breaks are so good for squirrely kids.  Just a few minutes of physical activity can both energize and relax a class.  Make it fun by creating a grab bag or jar of exercise break activities.  Your class will enjoy the surprise element.

My students and I love this technique.  We make little notecards of our favorite exercises, some of them paired with music.  Only class favorites make it in the jar.  That way, we’re guaranteed a fun few minutes.

Some of our favorites:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Windmills
  • Hopping
  • Arm circles
  • March in place (we like to do this to Stars and Stripes Forever.  That’s a workout!)
  • Jog in place or do the Running Man
  • Macarena, Electric Slide, or similar passé dance
  • Pushups
  • Put on Chubby Checker and Do the Twist
  • Bunny Hop
  • Do an Irish jig, or an imitation of one
  • Simon Says
  • Conga line

As you can imagine, the teacher loves these breaks just as much as the kids!  Try it—you’ll see.  Do several of these each day, and you will definitely feel the benefits—in your health and in your sanity because your class will be much more manageable.

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Posted in Classroom Management,Tips for Teachers by Corey Green @ Aug 2, 2013


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