Tuesday, April 19

{Acitivity Sticks}

Our math curriculum at our school works wonders, but it can be a bit dry, so I wanted to come up with some quick activities to get my kids up and moving every 15/20 minutes. I came up with...

Activity Sticks!

Basically, when the kids are starting to drift I say "activity time!", I set the timer for one minute and draw an activity. We then do the activity until we finish or the timer goes off. The kids love it! You'd be surprised how excited they get when I draw push ups, especially the boys! Haha, show offs. :)

** UPDATE: Visit me on my TPT or Teacher's Notebook store to download these activities and browse my others!**

TPT: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Brain-Break-Activity-Sticks-858074
Teacher's Notebook: http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/rsullard/brain-break-activity-sticks

We love them, I hope you do too!

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Rachel

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58 comments:

  1. I love these! We do little activities like knee touches or jumping jacks when we are getting fidgety but I love the idea of activity sticks. Thanks for sharing the new ideas!

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  2. Great brain break ideas. I like the High Cincos.

    http://yearn4learning.blogspot.com/

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  3. Love your blog. Cute and Effective curriculum is what I'm all about!!
    www.anotherdayinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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  4. What a GREAT idea! Activity sticks! Love this... this is an idea I will definitely use! Thanks for sharing! : )
    Cindy

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  5. LOVE this!! So stealing your idea ;)

    Hadar
    Miss Kindergarten

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  6. what fun little brain breaks! love this idea :)

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  7. How smart are you?! I love brain breaks but tend to rely on the same ones over and over. Love this. Consider it stolen. :)

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

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  8. I do something similar at Easter Time. I put printed activities in plastic eggs. When students get the "blahs", I'll randomly choose a student to get an egg. They love it, and sometimes suggest that someone get an egg.

    I love your idea and the activities. I'll add this to my daily activities next school year. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I love this, and I will be using it next year for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I will be moving from kindergarten to 2nd grade next year and have been searching for good blogs. Glad I found yours. :)

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  11. Miss Sullard, I found you on Pinterest, and had to take a closer look at these little activities.

    Totally cute ideas, and just scrolling dow I see you have TONS of awesome ideas for the kiddos. I'm your newest follower!!!

    Thanks for sharing all these great ideas with everyone, and if you are ever interested, I'd LOVE for you to share at my weekly party as well.

    Stop by anytime to say hello!!!
    Hugs,
    Bella :)**AMAZE ME AUGUST** @ Bella Before and After

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  12. I love this I did something similar after lunch to get my students to stay engaged but love the idea of putting them on sticks. I will definately follow your blog! I would greatly appreciate if you could follow mine so we can share ideas since I'm new to second grade.

    mysecondgradejournal.blogspot.com

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  13. I adore this idea and can't wait to use it with my second graders next school year! Your blog is so great and I was so excited to be your 100th follower! Congrats to you!!
    Curls and a Smile

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  14. I love this idea! I'm a 4th grade teacher in San Antonio! SO glad I found your blog!

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  15. Love your ideas! I don't have a membership to Scribed. Is there anyway you can email me these documents? Wkinard@att.net

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  16. These are fabulous! I was just going to ask the same thing as Widad did. It says that this document as been archived. :(

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  17. Thanks for the great idea!!

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  18. Great Ideas!
    littlemisskindergarten.blogspot.com

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  19. love it, i home school and this should help out a ton! thanks

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  20. What a brilliant idea! Packing tape on the tongue depressor sticks. Brilliant!!!

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  21. Love this idea! Can't wait to use this with my kiddos!

    ♥Rebecca
    Create●Teach●Share

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  22. YOu are AWESOME!
    I cant wait to share this with my daughter. She will be student teaching 1st and then graduate hoping to get 1st or 2nd.
    What a wonderful Idea & love your blog!

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  23. You ROCK! This will support my endeavors to have better classroom control...both behavior and noise-wise. Thanks bunches and God bless you 100 fold!

    Melly <><

    Second Grade Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

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  24. What youre saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I also love the images you put in here. They fit so well with what youre trying to say. Im sure youll reach so many people with what youve got to say.
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  25. Great Idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Awesomeness! Just added to my (REALLY LONG) to do list!!
    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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  27. Hi! I clicked on the link to get your activities, but I can't see anything. Could you email me your activities? ashley_gurski@lovejoyisd.net

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  28. I adore this! This will help so much our kindergarten wiggles!

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  29. Fun Fun Fun! Thanks for sharing! I just noticed that you teach in Edmond! I am in California now but I grew up there and went to EMHS before there were any other high schools! :) I could really go for some Teds and Braums right about now!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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  30. I love this idea! I have been trying to incorporate more brain breaks into my day! Thanks for sharing - I am your newest follower :)

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  31. Cute idea, but I thought you should know that you spelled Activity wrong. ("Acitivity")

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  32. Thanks so much for this! I love giving the kids time to move a little...they think better when they do!

    Hilary
    Rockin' Teacher Materials

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  33. Being a "first year teacher" with 6 students who are in Special Education, quite a few who are slow learners, and MANY who tend to have ADHD and behavioral issues... this has been a life-saver for my students AND ME!!! haha... Not only do they need a "commercial break," but I DO TOO :) Thank you! - I've shared this with my co-workers as well. Fun, fun!

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  34. My 5th graders loved it! Can't thank you enough!

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  35. I absolutely love your blog!
    Please stop by my blog to grab an award that I have given you.

    Thanks for all your great ideas!

    Teaching with a Smile

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  36. this is great for sensory and ADHD kids, I'm your newest follower

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  37. Great idea!! Such a wonderful blog :)

    Lauren
    http://teacupsclassroom.blogspot.com.au/

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  38. Thank you for sharing such a great and simple idea. One I will be using with my 8 and 9 year olds.

    Lisa Warner
    Leeds, UK
    http://year4blogspot.blogspot.co.uk/

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  40. I have come across your blog from pinterest. It is really neat and I noticed when I was looking around that you are from Oklahoma. I am a new teacher in Southwest Oklahoma. I find such inspiration from your blog. I have recently started my own blog as well, it is (of course) full of stuff about starting up a classroom and all of that greatness. I hope you can swing by and check it out sometime at www.thefreshapple.blogspot.com! Thanks again for your ideas, I look forward to utilizing these in my own classroom next year! Cheers!!!

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  41. This one can be done at home when the little ones are restless and mommy's run out of energy LOL ... great idea, thank you for sharing!

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  42. I love this! What a great idea. They need to move.
    I will definitely be adapting this for my 4th graders. Thank you for sharing!

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  43. I love this! What a great idea. They need to move.
    I will definitely be adapting this for my 4th graders. Thank you for sharing!

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  44. These are uh-double-mazing! I can't wait to use these next year and I LOVE all the songs!!!Thanks for the awesome layout and explanations! :)

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    1. and just so you know...I'm having a very hard time "keeping calm and getting ready to teach on" right now! So excited to use!

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  45. I found this on Pinterest, like many others, and think it's a great idea. I teach 6th graders so I adapted a few of the activities. Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration. I'll be mentioning this in my blog within the week! I'm very excited to see how the activities go!

    Ms. B
    http://teachinginroom605.blogspot.com/

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  46. Absolutely fantastic!! My students will adore this!

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  47. I love this idea. I have done this but never with the sticks. This is so much easier then coming up with a pick me up. Thank you

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  48. I love this idea. I have done this but never with the sticks. This is so much easier then coming up with a pick me up. Thank you

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  49. Fantastic idea!

    In the public library reading enrichment program that I coordinate, children read with an older mentor for one hour. I'd like to try these activity sticks, but make the tasks specific to literacy, so as to maximize the students' fun reading time.

    The sticks could offer choices like "draw letters in the air to spell the title of the book you just read" or "read this funny poem aloud and act it out"...

    Your thoughts/suggestions would be so welcome!

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