Move Your Body, Build Your Brain!

A List of Activities for Movement to Support Learning

Casey Osmundson
Wilmington University
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Role Play!

Have students create a skit that reviews key concepts, or create a commercial advertising upcoming or past topics of study.

Play charades where students act out a vocabulary term, character from a story, or key concept & the rest of the class has to guess what it is.


Play a game of Simon Says that reviews skills. "Simon says make a right angle with your arms."

Have students organize concepts in order by arranging themselves with giant posters along a timeline.
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Quick Games

Toss a ball around the classroom. Whoever catches it has to ask/answer a question or share a story that relates to the topic.

Plan a verbal debate between pairs or small groups, then follow the debate with a game of tug-of-war.

Have groups of students work together to rewrite popular song lyrics to review content & perform a "music video" with choreography.

Cross-Laterals & Stretching

Take "brain breaks" that involve light activity and incorporate both hemispheres of the brain. Pat your head & rub your tummy. Touch your opposite elbow or heel. March in place while patting the opposite knee.

Stretch! Have students take turns leading the class in a slow stretching routine.
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