You can find lots of research that clearly shows that brain breaks increase academic achievement, help with concentration, boost on-task behavior, improve student attitudes...but actually, you can walk into any elementary classroom, on any day and see for yourself. Kids need brain breaks like teachers need chocolate...every day...the more often,...
Twist this and have your teachers write this for themselves. Edit the questions to reflect your goals for your school year! Fun first day activity: Have kids write a letter to themselves at the end of the year.
Guess Who? Cards are a simple time-filler activity for those times that you need to fill about 5 minutes before recess or lunch, or the end of the day. This activity also strengthens sense of belonging and community in the classroom. See this blog post for a brief explanation of how you can get started in your classroom.
Community circle, or community meeting, is the time of day when the teacher and students greet each other, take time to build inclusion and community, and practice social skills. These questions are used a quick-reference to use daily to allow each student to share something about themselves in a non-intimidating way. Use them to help create your own!