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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

Watch how this elementary teacher incorporates movement-based activities that can be used as a break in a math classroom. Students move and chant number patterns and, in doing so, feel refreshed and ready to learn their math lesson.

  • When students are struggling to pay Attention or have low energy, it is time to take a break. Teachers can encourage and integrate 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 math test. Quick movement activities or stretching boost blood flow, sending more oxygen to the brain to help with retention and focus after the break.
  • 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.

    GoNoodle provides energetic brain break videos that can be used in the classroom. By engaging learners in quick, fun movement breaks, GoNoodle activates learners' bodies and brains so they are ready to concentrate and learn.

  • Developers can create products that encourage movement and physical activity. Through videos, music, and movement-based activities, they can also embed prompts that encourage learners to take a break and move.