Brain Breaks

VALENTINE’S DAY ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITY

Eres Tu Valentine's Day Activity This is an activity for the majority of students that feel the vomit rise in their mouth when they see over-the-top Valentine's Day expressions of puppy lust. All. Day. Long. It's been a hit with students for years. Use it as a brain break or as an activity to teach the original song Eres Tú to your students and allow them to have fun with the language (and their inner evil emperor. Think of it as an "Occupy Valentine's Day" activity for the 99% of students that do not have a romantic partner and feel awkward [...]

100 UNPROMPTED, UNIQUE SENTENCES IN LEVEL 1

It was chaotic. It was noisy. It was heavenly. When the students wanted to keep talking in Spanish, I threw out my lesson plan and let them talk. It gives me hope that this work is not in vain. These are the sentences that my fifth period Spanish 1 class came up with for a drawing on the board. Each student was to write five sentences for their “Repasito”, or warm-up activity. The drawing was based on a story we told in class last week. The only stipulation was that each sentence could use only words that we had used [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-06:00September 19th, 2017|Categories: Brain Breaks, Compelling Input, Daily Routine, Hope|0 Comments

BRAIN/BODY BREAK: MMA HEAD & SHOULDERS, KNEES & TOES

Here is a fun full body movement song that you can use as a brain break: Sing the children's song "Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes" in the target language with different verbs and actions attached.  Even my high school students enjoy singing and acting it out. Here's how to do it:  Teach the body parts to the song with classical TPR. Do not let them know what's coming. Teach the body parts in random order over the course of two days. Instead of the normal TPR command of "touch", mix it up a bit by using "grab" and "point [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-06:00September 7th, 2017|Categories: Brain Breaks, Music|1 Comment