Subjects: English Language Arts, Classroom Community, Special Education
Grades: PreK – 3rd, Homeschool
Resources: Activity, Mini-lesson, Fun Stuff, Literature Circles
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The Secret Birthday Message, adapted for the book by Eric Carle, is a fun story in which Tim receives a birthday message written in code. Have your students or children help him solve the message by reenacting the clues through yoga poses. What a fun way to celebrate one of your student’s birthdays! If the poses and story are familiar to your students, the birthday boy or girl could lead the class in the yoga sequence.
There are several yoga brain breaks adapted to Eric Carle books if you are interested to include these activities in an author study. Incorporate a yoga brain break into your ELA block, story time, or anytime your students need to stretch and refocus. The Boardmaker pictures can be easily displayed on an interactive white board or document camera and are appropriate and accessible for students of varying abilities and multiple grade levels.
**Use common sense safety.** As this is a physical activity, please instruct students to do each pose carefully and take precautions for safety. The creator of this yoga brain break is not liable for any injuries that may be incurred while practicing.
Yoga brain breaks may help increase comprehension and may improve recall of story sequencing, especially for kinesthetic learners, when paired with literature. Brain breaks may assist in classroom management and build classroom community. Yoga helps to increase students’ focus while calming the body and mind.