Subjects: English Language Arts, Special Education, Classroom Management
Grade: PreK – 3rd, Homeschool
Resource: Activity, Mini-lessons
PDF; 4 pages
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle is is a great story to introduce the importance of being ones self, embracing that individuality, and that as a person or creature, we are each different and that should be celebrated. Discuss with students what makes them special. This 2 page yoga sequence takes students from sitting to standing multiple times but in a logical sequence that gives their bodies ample time to move and stretch while becoming engaged in the story. The full sequence ends with a calming time for students to contemplate what makes them special.
Yoga Brain Breaks can help manage classroom behavior by giving students time to stimulate their brains and calm their bodies. It can increase focus and decrease test taking anxiety, calm and activate the brain at the same time, and increase comprehension when paired with an academic task. Brain breaks based on read alouds may be included as part of the ELA block to reinforce comprehension and story sequence or use it during a social skills lesson. The simple pictures used for each yoga pose is appropriate across grade levels and abilities.