Have you heard of GoNoodle? It's a great website that offers free brain breaks for your kiddos. There is also a paid subscription service, but keep reading and you will have an opportunity to win a free 1-year subscription :)
I just found out about GoNoodle, and so far I am lovin' it! I haven't had a chance to use it in my classroom yet due to the timing of spring break, but I have used it on my own kids during the monsoon we had for a couple of days when they were stuck inside the house driving me C.R.A.Z.Y!
There are a few reasons I really like GoNoodle and am excited to use it with students. One, there are different games/videos depending on your purpose. You can choose games/videos to calm your students and clear their minds, or maybe you want to focus your students to get them ready for a lesson, or perhaps you want to help them get their wiggles out in a positive way. This is the purpose I had in mind for my own kids! Two, there is zero prep. Nada. Ziltch. All you need is a computer with internet access and either a projector or interactive board so students can easily see the screen. Three, students who partake in brain breaks tend to be more focused and engaged during the school day. Four, the brain break I used for my own children is only 1-minute long…which is perfect for those "dead" times during the school day when there isn't enough time for students to do something constructive, but there is too much time for students to not do something constructive. The time between recess, lunch, specials, dismissal…you get the gist.
The game I used is called Freeze It.
The idea of the game is that your kids can wiggle all they want until they see the word "Freeze."
Then they have to stop and solve the problem. You might let your kiddos shout out the answer, but I like to use popsicle sticks with their numbers written on them to choose who to answer because my kids would get WAY to carried away otherwise ;)
After you get the correct answer, you click continue and the kids proceed to dance and wiggle to their hearts' content until "Freeze" pops up again.
When the minute is up, you can continue with another skill or end the game.
I think one of my favorite parts of using GoNoodle is that your class can track their progress with their own little noodle monster.
My kids love this part! I know that whenever I try to implement something new, I have a VERY hard time remembering about it. Our class noodle monster helps my kids remind me because they want to watch him grow!
What do you think about GoNoodle? Have you used it before? Are you gonna try it out? I would love to hear your experiences!
Until next time!
**Please excuse any typos as I don't have the super power of being perfect :)