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Energizing Brain Breaks - Book Cover

Energizing Brain Breaks

Glazed look in your students' eyes? This full-color flip book contains 50 quick, highly effective, classroom-tested brain breaks with photos, directions, and online videos.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452268125
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2013
  • Page Count: 64
  • Publication date: January 15, 2013

Price: $24.95

Price: $24.95
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The fastest way to keep your students engaged

It's an all too familiar sight: that glazed look in your students' eyes. They've been sitting or listening for too long. What they need is an Energizing Brain Break—a quick physical and mental challenge that's like hitting the refresh button on your computer, but for your students.

This practical full-color flip book contains 50 highly effective, classroom-tested brain breaks that you can put to immediate use across the grades. No preparation or supplies are required; just one to two minutes of your time when you see a need. You'll find pictures, directions, and online videos for activities such as:

  • Slap Count Letters: students alternate slapping each other's hands while spelling a word 
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math: partners reveal a certain number of fingers to each other, and the first person to add them together wins
  • Bizz-Buzz: groups of students count from 1 to 40 using a combination of numbers and words

There's no better way to help students remain sharp and alert, reenergized to take on the next task of learning!

Also available in these versions for free with your purchase: Videos, PowerPoint, SmartBoard.

Trim size: 4.25 x 5.5

Key features

  • Includes easy step by step instructions for each brain break and requires no extra materials or prep time.
  • Photos that demonstrate students performing the brain break.
  • Video clips that demonstrate each of the brain breaks in action in elementary and secondary settings.
  • Also available in these versions for free with your purchase: PowerPoint and SMART Board.


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David Sladkey

David Sladkey has been teaching high school mathematics since 1987. He was named Teacher of the Year for Naperville School District 203 in 2007 and the Office Max Innovative Teacher of the Month in March of 2009. David is a 2017 state finalist in Illinois for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

David loves to get his students moving and participating actively in their learning. He appreciates technology that impacts curriculum and is easy to implement. Davis uses a SMART Board in his classes every day and is the mathematics department technology specialist. He has coauthored a book, Easy SMART Board Teaching Templates, with Scott Miller and is the author of Energizing Brain Breaks, a Corwin bestseller, and Engaging Teaching Tools. David is passionate about his teaching and reflects this journey in his blog, “Reflections of a High School Math Teacher” (teachinghighschoolmath.blogspot.com). David is also an avid cyclist and loves spending time with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I. Individual Brain Breaks

Arm Stretch

Arm Wrap

Choir Director

Different Direction Circles Index Fingers

Different Direction Circles Thumbs

Ear and Nose Switch

Elbow to Knee Stretch

Elbow to Knee Tap Patterns

Figure Eights

Finger Aerobics Patterns

Finger Aerobics Ripple

Finger Tips

I Bet You Can’t Do This

Inch Worm Stretch

Lap Tap

Palm Tapping

Paper Twirling

Pretzel Outline Index Fingers

Pretzel Stretch Fists

Right On Left Balance

T Stretch

Thumb and Pinkie

Touch Your Fingers Behind Your Back


X Bob and Wiggle

Part II. Partner Brain Breaks

Bizz Buzz


Hand Shake #1

Hand Shake #2

Hook Ups

Letter Spots

Number Spots Addition

Number Spots Multiplication

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math Addition

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math Multiplication

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math Negative

Say 21 and Win

Slap Count and Say 21 and Win

Slap Count Letters

Slap Count Numbers Going Down

Slap Count Numbers Going Up


Thumb War or Peace

Part III. Group Brain Breaks


Let it Rain

Passing out Papers


Wave Clapping Patterns

Wave Motion

X’s and O’s



Price: $24.95
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