Subjects: Social Skills, Character Education, Back to School, Special Education
Grade Levels: PreK-2nd, Homeschool
Resource Type: Activity/Mini-lesson
File Type: PDF, 406 KB, 4 pages
How Do You Get Attention? A Social Skills Yoga Brain Break is part of a series of brain breaks that will focus on a variety of social skills that school aged children, especially early elementary-aged students, need as they move through life. This brain break is a fun two page sequence to remind students the proper way to get someone’s attention, like a teacher or friend, and what not to do to get attention. It get’s students moving up and down, forward and backward, as they imitate plants and animals and the noises or ways they get something’s attention. Of course all this moving gets oxygen flowing to the brain and in turn increases focus and concentration following this activity. The sequence continues with having students raising a quiet hand to get the teacher’s attention and turning that into a good side stretch on each side. How do teacher’s get our attention? They make eye contact and say our name of course, so we practice that with our neighbor. Have fun pretending to be cows, bugs, and babies! The sequence concludes with a couple different calming breaths and an opportunity to relax in Savasana, or corpse pose, for a few moments.
Yoga, when used as a brain break, can help with classroom management and increase desired behaviors giving students the ability to physically move around, expend some energy, notice their feelings in the moment without labeling them as good or bad, as well as calm and activate the brain to increase focus following the brain break activity.
The Boardmaker pictures can be easily displayed on an interactive white board or printed and used with a document camera. The pictures are appropriate and accessible for students of varying abilities and across multiple grade levels.
I hope you enjoy this activity again and again with your students or children.