This CD was created for
the classroom teacher. My objective was to provide activities that tell
the students exactly what to do. In addition, the length of each song
is as close to 3 minutes as possible. In my teacher trainings, I have
discovered that that 3 minutes was “doable” for the teacher to
implement. However, as a physical educator, I know this is a perfect
length of time to do an activity that will keep the students engaged and
finished before they get bored.
In addition to the time
element, I wanted to provide activities that not only were enjoyable and
easy to implement but would also provide “practice” time and address
physical education standards. Many classroom teachers today are
responsible for teaching physical education and often have mandated
minutes to meet. These brain breaks provide a creative approach to get
some of the mandated minutes in. For example, “Balloons to the Moon”
instruct the students to keep their eyes on the balloon and strike the
balloon with their hands, knees, elbows, and feet. Thus, a perfect
activity for building hand eye coordination and addressing a few
specific CA Physical Education Standards.
DO YOU NEED EQUIPMENT?
YES, but it is not necessary for each activity and I recommend very
inexpensive/homemade implements. Again, the reason I did include
activities that require equipment is because these activities not only
are brain breaks but opportunities to build the foundational gross motor
and cooperation skills.
Activities were selected
with all ages in mind (elementary/middle/high). YES, a couple are best
for the younger grades and YES a couple are best for the upper grades.
By including the instrumental version of each song allows you to make
slight adjustments to meet the needs of your students.