Movement and Learning

Activities for Movement to Support Learning


Use arm and leg crossover activities that can force both brain hemi-spheres to “talk” to each other better. Examples - pat head/rub belly; touch opposite shoulder, elbows, or heels.


Stretching increases blood flow to all parts of the body including the brain.

Quick games

Ball-toss games for review, vocabulary building, storytelling, or self-disclosure.


Raise blood pressure and epinephrine levels among drowsy learners, reduce restlessness among antsy learners, and reinforce content.


Write a test review question on a piece of paper, wad it into a paper ball, and toss it to a student who opens the paper, responds to the question and tosses it back.


Jensen, Eric. 2005. Teaching with the brain in mind. 2nd edition. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA.

Conyers, Marcus and Wilson, Donna. Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain. retrieved from on March 25, 2015.