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Movement Breaks


Brain breaks that include movement allow learners to refresh their thinking and focus on learning new information. Movement breaks provide the opportunity for learners to be physically active and release their excess energy, supporting their Sensory Integration needs and Physical Well-being.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn about the different ways these teachers integrate and adapt energizers in their classrooms for movement breaks. By making these energizers relevant to the content being taught in their classes, the teachers encourage engagement and Attention while making learning fun.

  • Teachers can encourage movement through chants, poems, and greeting activities. These activities can be used to energize students after lunch or to have them feel relaxed before a test. They can also take place during class transitions and at the beginning or end of the day.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Explore a variety of apps and websites that can be used for movement and brain breaks. Products like Brain Breaks, GoNoodle and PE Games provide ideas of movement activities for teachers to try with their students.

  • Developers can create products that encourage movement and physical activity. Through videos, music, and activities, they can also embed prompts that encourage learners to take a break and move.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy