Energizers/Transitions

What are energizers?

Energizers are short, kinesthetic activities that can be incorporated throughout the school day to provide students with “brain breaks”, “movement breaks” or structured transitions.

Good Times to do Energizers

·     before a mini-lesson

·     as a transition (to speed up transitions, too)

·     to break up academic focuses

·     when students are restless/wiggly

 

Suggested Energizers (*=video available)

The Button Factory*

Aroostasha*

Mi Cuerpo*

Shake My Sillies Out

True or False (WITS)*

Shark attack*

Rhythmic Exercises (follow my rhythm)

Toe Knee Chest Nut*

Dance Party (Uptown Funk)

Power Rock, Paper, Scissor (Upper Grade)

A Ram Sam Sam*

Funga Alafia

 

Transitions

Countdown*

 


Goodbye Chant*

My Hands Upon My Head I Place*

Silent Animal Movements

Rhythmic Exercises (follow my rhythm)


Lyrics

The Button Factory

 

Hello, My name is Joe, and I work in a button factory.

I have a house and a dog and a family.

One day my boss said to  me

“Hey Joe, are you busy?” I said, “No!”

“So turn this button with your right hand”


Repeat Chant with: left hand, right foot, left foot, head


Final verse:

….”Hey Joe, are you busy?” I said, “YES!”


Aroostasha

 

Aroostasha, Aroostasha, Aroostasha-sha

Yeah

Aroostasha, Aroostasha, Aroostasha-sha

Thumbs up (repeat chorus)

Thumbs up, knees together (repeat chorus)

Thumbs up, knees together, elbows in, knees in, bottoms up, tongue out

 

Mi Cuerpo

 

(clapping) Me Cuerpo, Me Cuerpo Hace Musica

Mis Manos Hace (clap clap clap)

Mis pies hace (stomp stomp stomp)

Mi boca hace la la la

Mi centura hae cha cha cha (shake your hips)

Mi centura hace cha cha cha


My Hands Upon My Head I Place

 

(Song with hand movements)

My hands upon my head I place,

On my shoulders,

On my face.

Count them quickly, 1,2,3

And see how quiet they can be

(whisper the last line and put your hands in your lap)


Shake My Sillies Out

Shake, shake, shake my sillies out

Shake, shake, shake my sillies out

Shake, shake, shake my sillies out

Shake your sillies all day


(students can then jump, stomp, clap, twist, etc.)


True or False

 

Choose an activity for true statements and an activity for false statements (“If what I say is true, do jumping jacks, if what I say is false, do sit ups”). Say a series of statements that are true and false. Statements can be oriented with academic focuses (ex. “A rock is a liquid.” (false) “Water is a liquid.” (true))


Shark Attack

 

Baby shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Baby shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Baby shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Baby shark!

Mama shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Mama shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Mama shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Mama shark!

Papa shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Papa shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Papa shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Papa shark!

Surfer dude, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Surfer dude, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Surfer dude, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Surfer dude!

Saw a shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Saw a shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Saw a shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Saw a shark!

Shark attack, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Shark attack, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Shark attack, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Shark attack!

Swim away, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Swim away, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Swim away, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Swim away!

Where’s my board, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Where’s my board, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Where’s my board, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Where’s my board?

Surfing shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Surfing shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Surfing shark, do-do, do-do-do-do,

Surfing shark!


Funga Alafia

 

Funga alifia, ashay ashay

Funga Alafia ashay ashay

Ashay ashay, ashay ashay

Funga alfia ashay ashay


Toe Knee Chest Nut

 

Tony Chestnut knows I love you

Tony knows

Tony knows

Tony Chestnut knows I love you

That’s what Tony knows!

(Toe- point to toes)

(Knee-point to knees)

(Chest-point to chest)

(Nut-point to head)

(Knows- point to nose)

(I- point to eyes)

(Love- point to heart)

(you- point front)

 

A Ram Sam Sam (Morocco)

 

*can be sung in a round, with motions for each part!

A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam

A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam

A rafiq, a rafiq

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam

A rafiq, a rafiq

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam


Dance Party

Freeze dance to pop music


Power Rock, Paper, Scissor

Children stand in a circle and challenge the person next to them to rock, paper, scissor. The winners form a new circle and the loser stands behind them. The challenges keep happening until there are two students remaining, with half the class rooting for one student and half rooting for the other.