Calmers & Energizers Energizers! 88 Quick Movement Activities that Refresh and Refocus by Susan Lattanzi Roser With all of these activities, practice the words together, then add movements, noting how to do them without making contact with other kids.Go Bananas!This activity provides students the opportunity to “go bananas” for a quick moment andget out some of their energy. Don’t worry if kids mix up their lefts and their rights. Words Actions Arms above head, palms Bananas…Unite! together Peel Bananas, peel-peel Lower arms one at a time, bananas (x2) then return to above head Peel to the left Lower left arm Peel to the right Lower right arm Lower arms in front of Peel down the middle body Clap arms like an alligator And chomp! Take a bite mouth Chomp, chomp! Take a Clap arms like an alligator bite mouth Go bananas, go-go Jump and spin around bananas! (x2) freelyVideo of Go Bananas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytnbGpRmOqE&feature=related
Dum Dum Dah DahThis is a follow-the-leader movement activity. The leader and the group chant “dum-dum-dah-dah” as they make the two motions, one for dum and one for dah. Once kidsget the hang of it, allow them to take turns being the leader. Leader Leader ◦ Dum Dum (Clap thighs) ◦ Dum Dum (Touch shoulders) ◦ Dah Dah (Clap hands) ◦ Dah Dah (Touch shoulders) Group Group ◦ Dum Dum (Clap thighs) ◦ Dum Dum (Touch head) ◦ Dah Dah (Clap hands) ◦ Dah Dah (Touch head) Possible Movements ◦ Touch toes, knees or shoulders (straight or crossed); touch head; reach left/right; reach front/back; nod head; snap fingers; march; jump; arm circles; reach up, etc Ending ◦ Whisper words and finish with shh-shh-shh-shh with small/quiet actionsVideo of Dum-Dum-Dah-Dah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RcR1WsxYpANow I’m StillCreate a steady rhythm to chant the words to. The children move to the beat in themotion described. When you say the word still the children must freeze. Wheneveryone is sufficiently still, start again with another movement word. I’m walking I’m jumping I’m walking I’m jumping I’m walking I’m jumping Now I’m still Now I’m still Tips ◦ Practice what it looks like to be “still” ◦ Remind kids that they’re to maintain their personal space and not bump into others Possible Movements ◦ Active movements: spinning, skipping, hopping, twisting, bending, clapping ◦ Calmer movements: blinking, snapping, stretching, sitting
1-2-3, Calm Down MeEach time “1-2-3 calm down me” gets quieter. In the last 2 verses, the volunteers say“1-2-3” and the kids can say “calm down me.” 1-2-3 calm down me: run hands from the top of the head down the side of the head or face 1-2-3 calm down me: run hands from shoulders down arms to fingers -- opposite hands 1-2-3 calm down me: run hands from shoulders down chests and tummies 1-2-3 calm down me: run hands from hips down legs to feet -- opposite hands on legs Then have the kids sit down.
Activities, Themes and Books Tailoring Your Read-Aloud to meet the needs of children under stressActivities that reduce stress and strengthen connections Involve several senses, not just vision and hearing o Bring things to touch, smell or taste. Include humor, fun, excitement or comfort o Silly is good. Relate to the children’s interests: sports, dancing, cooking, strange or unusual things, pirates, mysteries, popular news, or games. o Ask you kids about their interests! Encourage movement o Act out stories, play games, dance, build things. Allow kids to practice communicating in a pro-social way o Make time for conversation and expression of ideas and opinions.Themes that support children under stress Explore cause and effect o What happens next? o Why did that happen? Allow kids to explore empathy and perspective-taking o How would it feel if? Explore persistence Explore feelings Topics that are of high interest to the kids Books that support kids under stressBooks that explore a range of emotions The Way I Feel by Cain Today I Feel Silly by Curtis Yesterday I Had the Blues by Frame How Are You Peeling? Foods With Moods by Freymann and Elffers Books by Kevin Henkes (Chrysanthemum, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Chester’s Way, etc.) Walter Was Worried by Seeger No David! by Shannon Sometimes I’m Bombaloo by Vail
Elephant and Piggie books by Willems Activities, Themes and Books Tailoring Your Read-Aloud to meet the needs of children under stress Books that support kids under stress (continued)Books that feature characters with diverse ethnicities and backgrounds The Brown Bookshelf o http://thebrownbookshelf.com/ Anita Silvey’s Multicultural Book List o http://childrensbookalmanac.com/category/multicultural/ WETA’s Colorin Colorado: o http://www.colorincolorado.org/read/forkids Winners of the Coretta Scott King Award o http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/emiert/cskbookawards/recipients.cfmBooks that show kids solving problems on their own Picture Books o Flower Garden by Bunting o Amazing Grace by Hoffman o Titch books by Hutchins o Peter’s Chair by Keats o Leo the Late Bloomer by Kraus o In the Night Kitchen by Sendak o Where the Wild Things Are by Sendak o Imogene’s Antlers by Small o The Gardener by Stewart o A Chair for my Mother by Wells o Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Willems o Knuffle Bunny Free by Willems Novels o Ivy and Bean books by Barrows o Books by Clements (Frindle, Head of the Class, No Talking, etc.) o Matilda by Dahl o Jackson Jones books by Quattlebaum o Percy Jackson books Riordan o Harry Potter books by Rowling
o Series of Unfortunate Events Books by Snicket o Stewart Little by White Volunteer Techniques Ways you can help kids at your Read-Aloud get the most out of their TRC experienceUse TRC’s Promises During the Read-Aloud, I promise to: Listen, Respect, Cooperate, and Have FUN!From the experts: Start with only a few rules. Be sure you know why you are saying no. Give your kids a voice. When setting limits, use the language of choices. Always be consistent.More techniquesVolunteers should… Experts say this helps foster… Come prepared to lead with Reduced anxiety from adults confidence Talk to the kids on their eye Attachment, creating a safe level and one-on-one environment, recognition Use nametags and call the kids Attachment, recognition by name Only adults read aloud to the Reduced anxiety from adults, group creating a safe environment, securityUse Positive Statements A brain under stress makes unconscious responses. Telling a child under stress what TO DO will be more effective than telling them what NOT TO DO: o “Don’t Run” versus “Please Walk” The stressed brain hears “run”
Give kids positive direction for best results.