With the upcoming spring tests, it is important to make sure and take breaks for your students. If a portion of the test is complete, you should make sure your class is allowed some sort of break. Below are our top 5 ideas for taking breaks for your students.
Students love snacks, period. What a great way to give students some nourishment and an extra boost then providing snacks during breaks. What we have done in the past is send a letter home to families asking them for donations of snacks during testing. Typical snacks we are looking for include: graham crackers, goldfish, Cheez It, string cheese, or fruit to name a few. We usually get a big enough response that we don’t have to provide the snacks ourselves. The class loves taking a break and enjoying a treat.
2. Drink breaks
If snacks are not possible, or even not allowed, taking a drink break can be great as well. It can be a simple trip to the water fountain/bubbler. Or you can bring in juice boxes, or some type of juice for the class to enjoy. It is fun to watch them enjoy a special drink before continuing with testing.
3. Brain Break Cards
These are great for those times when your students need an energizer in the classroom! There are four brain break cards to a regular page and 56 total cards! We cut them out, laminate them and then keep them in a container for easy access at school. Each card contains the name of the activity and a full description of how to do it with your class! To access this resource, click here.
4. Short video/music
What child doesn’t love watching a video or listening to music? Take some time during a break to play some favorite fun music. “YMCA” or “I Like to Move It” are always favorites. Let them get up out of their seats and dance! For a short video, you can use youtube and just find a short clip of a favorite cartoon such as Phineas and Ferb. The students will love it, and it will take their mind off of testing. We have a pinterest page full of fun break breaks here.
Spring time is the perfect time to get the students outside and moving around. If the weather is crummy, you can have the students do movements in the classroom such as: jumping jacks, running in place, sit ups, and more. The main idea is to get them moving! They have been sitting for a long time so make sure to give them time to stretch and get the blood flowing again.
We hope you enjoyed our top 5 tips for taking breaks during spring testing. Make sure to check out our other blog posts related to spring testing.