GoNoodle - Brain Breaks for any classroom!
This time of year we understand the importance of giving students movement breaks in the classroom. Research shows that short bursts of activity improve student performance. Brain breaks are a great way to transition to the next subject because they not only allow students to have a few minutes of movement time, but also allow the teacher to have a few minutes to prep for the next lesson. Brain breaks can be used for inside recess!
GoNoodle is a great site for brain break activities, the site is geared towards elementary but can be used with anyone including adults! So how does the site work?
Sign up for an account, It's free!!! gonoodle.com
It's easy to use. You can set up a classroom account in 2 minutes. All you need is an Internet connection, computer, and a projector or interactive whiteboard.
GoNoodle uses a game-like experience to engage students in brain breaks. Before you play for the first time, your class will choose a Champ. The Champ becomes your class mascot and appears on the main screen with funny messages for students. Every brain break your class plays earns minutes. For every 15 minutes you play, your class will level up and the Champ will grow. Students get a kick out of the fact that their Champ gets bigger and grows muscles! Here is a screenshot of my class' home page on GoNoodle.
Perhaps the best thing about GoNoodle is that there is a large variety of brain breaks! Here is a screenshot of the categories and channels:
The GoNoodle brain breaks incorporate dancing, Zumba, yoga, deep breathing, running, and more. The GoNoodle site even embeds some of the most popular brain break videos from YouTube. I love being able to access the YouTube videos from GoNoodle without having to go directly to YouTube to find them.
You can preview the Brain Breaks and pick your favorites for easy access later! Kids will love the movement and you will love the way they are able to re-channel their energy to the content you are teaching after the break is over. Win-Win for everyone!