GET’ EM UP MOVING & LEARNING CD

 

Get’em UP! MOVING & LEARNING!

Teaching Tips


This CD was created for the classroom teacher.  My objective was to provide activities that tell the students exactly what to do. In addition, the length of each song is as close to 3 minutes as possible.  In my teacher trainings, I have discovered that that 3 minutes was “doable” for the teacher to implement.  However, as a physical educator, I know this is a perfect length of time to do an activity that will keep the students engaged and finished before they get bored.


In addition to the time element, I wanted to provide activities that not only were enjoyable and easy to implement but would also provide “practice” time and address physical education standards.  Many classroom teachers today are responsible for teaching physical education and often have mandated minutes to meet.  These brain breaks provide a creative approach to get some of the mandated minutes in.  For example, “Balloons to the Moon” instruct the students to keep their eyes on the balloon and strike the balloon with their hands, knees, elbows, and feet.  Thus, a perfect activity for building hand eye coordination and addressing a few specific CA Physical Education Standards.


DO YOU NEED EQUIPMENT?  YES, but it is not necessary for each activity and I recommend very inexpensive/homemade implements.  Again, the reason I did include activities that require equipment is because these activities not only are brain breaks but opportunities to build the foundational gross motor and cooperation skills.



GRADE LEVELS? 

Activities were selected with all ages in mind (elementary/middle/high).  YES, a couple are best for the younger grades and YES a couple are best for the upper grades.  By including the instrumental version of each song allows you to make slight adjustments to meet the needs of your students. 



BRAIN BREAK ACTIVITIES


CRISS CROSS CELEBRATION

This is a great warm-up song and to do right before a test.  No equipment needed and good for all ages.  This activity requires the student to cross the midline throughout the entire song, which will engage both sides of the brain.  It also will get their heart rates up and oxygen to the brain.  Your students will be more focused and ready to learn.








SAMPLE OF CRISS CROSS CELEBRATION 










BALLOONS TO THE MOON

Yes, you will need balloons.  Each student can have their own or they can share.  My tip is to store the inflated balloons in a big black trash bag.  They will last for weeks. In addition, this activity involves tracking, not only does it help students improve their hand eye coordination but will help with their reading as well.









SAMPLE OF BALLOONS TO THE MOON








RAINBOW RIBBONS

Here is another tracking activity that will help with reading as well as using an implement in rhythmic activities (again touching on those PE Standards).   As you listen to the song it will give you many ideas on what your students can do with the ribbons (or scarves or even plastic grocery bags will work).   I also recommend creating a station in your classroom utilizing the ribbons to draw in the air their spelling words, create shapes or numbers. 






SAMPLE OF RAINBOW RIBBONS










SLIDE and GLIDE WALTZ

Kids love this activity.  YES, this requires equipment (the cheapest paper plates work best.) This activity will work on a floor with or without carpet.  This activity has the students “slide” which is a locomotor skill that is taught in physical education.  It also is a fun activity to add to a weather lesson or science talking about friction.







SAMPLE OF SLIDE and GLIDE WALTZ










JUGGLING JIVE

This is one of my favorite physical education activities that help the students with hand eye coordination, tossing, catching, and cooperation.  This is most successful with upper elementary, middle and high school age.  I use sock balls (tube socks rolled up in a ball) or you can use a tennis ball, paper ball, or a beanbag.  For the younger ones, instead of using a small ball use a soft stuffed animal or an inflatable and only one not multiple.  The objective is to establish a pattern tossing the ball and then as you add balls it results is “group juggling”.








SAMPLE OF JUGGLING JIVE










A MAZE-IN-KNOTS

This is activity is often done as an icebreaker but can be used anytime as a great group/cooperative activity.  This is also more appropriate for the upper grades.  Important tips; you need to be in groups of at least 5 and more is better.  You also need to make sure you do not hold the hands of the same person or to the person to the right or left of you. 








SAMPLE OF A MAZE-IN-KNOTS










HUMAN GROOVIN’ MACHINE

Teach about machines? Energy? Water Cycle? This is one of those drama games that can open the door to creative teaching and multiple ways to bring in those common core standards.  Have your students create a machine.  Ask them what kind of machine it is? What does it do or make? Have your class video tape their machines.  Talk about the beat of the music, what does it sound or feel like?  This song can be used for all ages.  Also this activity does not require any equipment, imagination is the key.







SAMPLE OF HUMAN GROOVIN’ MACHINE











COOL it DOWN

We all need to take a deep breath and slow down at times.  This is a simple “slow” down song that is to be done sitting their seats.  Simple stretches to calm your students down.






SAMPLE OF COOL it DOWN













INSTRUMENTAL VERSIONS

It was decided to add the instrumentals for these reasons. 


oOnce an activity was learned you could let your students do it and let them add their own personality to the activities. 


oTo accommodate the various age groups.  For example, the group juggling is too advanced for the little ones but you could put on the juggling music and each student could practice self-toss and catch a sock ball. 


oThe instrumental versions allows you to add music to any brain break activity you may giving you the opportunity to be creative.  Adding music not only adds to the activity, it engages the whole brain, and it is a perfect time management tool…a must when implementing any brain break.



Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the activities.


carrie@musicalpeplus.com


Music written and produced by:

Lori Moitie’ and RJ Johnson (Cotton Candy Express Music)


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Testimonial:

Musical PE Plus Classroom

  “Everyday we do different brain breaks to get my 4th graders moving. when we do the Get’em Up! Moving & Learning CD, my students shine! Their favorites are Criss-Cross Celebration and ice skating on plates. They move so much now throughout the day- I’ve noticed a better behaved and better focused group of students ready to learn.”


Mariah Cheng

4th Grade

California Elementary WCUSD

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