Week One Brain Breaks

At our school, specialist teachers combine to present a week one program. You can read more about it here. This will be the third year that we have done this program together and it’s such a great fun way to begin the year. The specialist areas at our school this year are Indonesian, Performing Arts & PE and also joining us next week will be our amazing counsellor, Karen, and librarian, Ruth.

The program runs over 3 days and each day is based around one of our 3 school values of confidence, respect & community. Again we will be based in the gym and in each lesson time, we will have between 3 – 5 classes to work with. Most lessons are singles, but we also have a few doubles and over the 3 days,  most classes will join us for 3 lessons. Consequently we have to have a few ideas up our sleeves each day that both fit the overriding theme for the day & are suitable for a mixed R-7 group of students.

I have been scouring YouTube this morning searching for activities that tick all the boxes and in doing so discovered the Ultimate Camp Resource.  What an amazing collection of fun activities! I have created a week one folder on my YouTube channel for activities that I think will be great for our week one specialist teachers program but they will also be super brilliant for tweaking to become awesome brain breaks too! Here are a few to show you what I mean!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I particularly love the Whoosh Game because the language could be tweaked so easily to:
Whoosh = kasih (give)
Whoa = tidak mau
Boing = melompat
Zap = zap (I believe strongly that only familiar words should be used & some fun words still incorporated!)
Freak out = Gila
Super freak out = Gila sekali

4 thoughts on “Week One Brain Breaks

  1. Lisa Francis says:

    Love these ideas Bu Cathy! My favourite is Bob the weasel! I might use a pizza squeaky toy as the ‘weasel’ Do you think it could be adapted like this:

    Bob the pizza (or pizza Bob)?, ayo, ayo!

    Saya lihat pizza!

    And:

    Aduh Bob! Or Kasihan Bob! If somebody drops ‘Bob’

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    • bucathy says:

      I love bob the weasel too and think it could be easily adapted. Love your language suggestions!How about pairing ‘pizza’ with an adjective to sneak in a sneaky word order opportunity?? Eg pizza kecil, ayo, ayo?

      Kasihan bob is ingenious too. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

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