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Brain Boosters with seasonal twists pack attention-getting punch in school, especially when exciting (and distraction-making) holidays are on the horizon.
Bump up attention using Brain Boosters with seasonal twists at the start of school to help students focus on learning as the day gets underway.
Fill a Cornucopia with Phrases for Students to Finish – Set a seasonal container such as a cornucopia at the front of the classroom.
Fill it with slips of paper tucked inside envelopes with printed phrases for students to finish.
For example, on one slip you might print this Brain Booster: At Thanksgiving time, I’m thankful for _____________________________.
Begin your Brain Booster activity by picking an envelope from the cornucopia to open or by inviting a volunteer to grab one to share with the class.
Read aloud the printed phrase to finish and challenge the class to listen carefully and think of ways to finish the phrase.
Call on volunteers to say aloud completed phrases they have formed.
Phrases can focus on specific subjects such as money (a great way to add Math to Brain Boosters), like the old English phrase, “A penny saved is _____________.” Finish: “a penny earned.”
or…famous phrases throughout history (a great way to add Social Studies to Brain Boosters) or…phrases from different cultures around the world such as this one from China: “好书如挚友 hǎo shū rú zhì yǒu – A good book is a good friend.”
Phrase possibilities are endless! Check out phrase options online.
Put on Your Thinking Cap – Speaking of famous phrases, “Put on your thinking cap” is an English expression that sets the stage for another Brain Booster activity for children in early grades.
Find or make paper hats that you designate as “Thinking Caps.”
NOTE: This can be a class art activity or you can buy inexpensive paper hats.
Keep the hats in storage for use as needed, at the start of a school day or after lunch, for example, to bump up attention levels during the holiday season.
Young children will enjoy this festive activity.
“Thinking Caps” offer extended value as teaching tools.
As a concept, if not in actual form, they can serve as gentle reminders that young students may be speaking before thinking though an answer to a question.
Encourage children when they are working to “put on their Thinking Caps.”
Tell kids that “Thinking Caps” can also transform into “Imagination Hats.”
Prompt creative thinking by inviting students to pop “Imagination Hats” on their heads as they prepare for a writing lesson. Ask kids to imagine what a story will be about, etc.
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