Did you know every hour the brain needs water? Have children keep a water bottle at their desk and "take a swig" on the hour.
When you need a break, let children get up and tell each other jokes. Let children ask each other riddles or "Knock-knock" jokes. Hint! Keep a book of jokes and riddles on your desk to give children ideas.
First, have the children take several deep, slow breaths.
Have them place their hands on their diaphragm so they can feel their lungs expanding and contracting.
Ask them to inhale through their noses and exhale through their mouths on a slow count of eight.
For example: Inhale 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ~ and exhale 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
*Have them close their eyes and imagine they are a balloon filling up with air. Exhale and let all the air out.
*Pretend to be a bag of sand and let all the sand run out.
*Challenge children to close their eyes and imagine they are floating on a cloud as they inhale and exhale.
To do the wave, ask children to look at you.
Explain that when you point to them, they can stand up, wave their arms in the air, and then sit down.
(This is often done at sports events.)
Hint! Do the wave several times. Do it forwards, then reverse and do it around the room in the opposite direction.
To BUZZ, have children stoop down together.
Very slowly and quietly begin making a buzzing sound.
Increase the "buzz" as you rise in the air and extend your arms.
Slowly return to the squatting position as you lower the buzz to a whisper.
"Buzz" up and down several times.
Have children get a partner and tell each other something new they've learned that day.
Have them ask each other a question about a book or topic you've been studying.
Ask them to pretend a visitor just came to the classroom and to summarize what they've been doing.