Another month has already passed? My how time flies, but there is some good news... another month means another Bright Ideas Blog Hop! I know that I am looking forward to more new ideas, because I always find something inspiring.
I am still in full on test prep mode for the next week and a half before our state tests, and that is leaving me feeling a little less than inspired. I am feeling a little ho-hum about classroom life these days inspite of trying to keep it as fun and interactive for my students as possible.
SOOO.... my bright idea is a brain break that my students and I love! This brain break can be completed in less than two minutes once you know the rules, but lifts spirits and energy levels high in the process. My goal for a brain break is to get students up and moving, work off a little extra energy, and get more oxygen to their brains.
Without further adieu I bring you the Rock-Paper-Scissors Championship.
Everyone knows how to play Rock-Paper-Scissors, but this one has a little twist to it.
Students start with a partner and say, "One, two, three, show!" I emphasize "show" with my students, just because, well you know. Then students show their hand. There is a winner, but that is where things get changed up.
The winner finds a new partner, but their former partner becomes their SILENT cheerleader. They follow them around and cheer them on.
The cheering squad grows bigger and bigger for each student still in the game until there are just two left.
I make a really big deal about the final two and announce it boxing match style. Then we cheer on the final players until a champion is determined. The champion of the day gets their name on the board and is king for the day.
We play each and every day, my students won't let me forget.
**I apologize for all the smilies in the photos. It proved impossible to get true action shots without faces in them. :(
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