I admit it – doing the Dinosaur Stomp with a number of grade three students mid-morning is an excellent way hit the reset button on your day. These “movement breaks” in elementary school (as in every sedentary environment) are good for bodies and brains and the body-brain connection. Remember brain gym.
I think we are past the time to recognize that the health of our students is partly our responsibility as educators because we see them for so many of their waking hours. Elementary school is a natural place to see the positive rewards of extra movement in your classroom.
Instead of an app this week, I would like to suggest the website GoNoodle.com. A site where you can incorporate movement into your class while not skipping a beat teaching curriculum.
GoNoodle begins with a video entitled GoNoodle 101 but I don’t think you really need the guidance. Preview a few videos and choose something to your liking. Strategically place the video during your teaching and voila – movement and learning.
Lots of math songs and some American content but I still think you can bookmark the site for a quick change of pace in your classroom.