Brain Break Activities Perfect For The Math Classroom

Click the above link for 5 active ways to practice math fluency and apply math concepts to real-world scenarios.

A special thanks goes out to

Charity Campbell –

for the following list of brain break activities:

Activities for Your Curriculum


Rock, Paper, Math – Play as if you are playing rock, paper, scissors but when you put out rock, paper, scissors just put out a number of fingers instead.  Then each person in the group tries to add, subtract or multiply the numbers as fast as they can.  The first person to answer correctly wins.


Quick Draw Math – Played the same way as Rock, Paper, Math but students have hands at their sides as if in holsters.  On the work draw, they put fingers out in front to add, subtract or multiply.


Snow Ball – Have students write a vocabulary word or math problem on a full sheet of paper.  On the back, write the definition or answer to the problem.  Then have them form the paper into a ball.  Have students throw their “snowball” and then pick up two others and throw them.  On the forth one they pick up, have the students unwrap the paper and solve the problem or name the correct definition or word.


Ball Bounce w/ vocabulary or math facts – Get students into small group, Tape vocabulary words or math facts to a ball that bounces.  Have students bounce the ball to each other.  When they catch the ball they must give the definition of the word that they see or the math problem they see.


Frozen Vocabulary – Have students do a physical activity such as jumping jack until the teacher says a vocabulary word.  At that point the entire class stops doing the activity until someone can say the definition or use the word correctly in a sentence.


Jump or bounce a ball while doing math facts





            Spark – John J. Ratey

            Activities that Teach(3 books)– Tom Jackson

            Promoting Physical Activity in the Classroom – Pangrazi/Beighle/Pangrazi

            Energizing Brain Breaks – David Sladkey

The Kinesthetic Classroom – Traci Lengel/ Mike Kuczala – this book has great ideas that can be used at all levels and curriculum.



            YouTube – search brain breaks or jamming minute

            EMC Brain Break Page –

            Energizing Brain Break Contest –

            Energizers from East Carolina University –



Brain Break Game by Cranium – Can be found at Target or Walmart for about $13 – easy way to get teachers use to using brain breaks in class.  Not all are movement, but it does help with the brain breaks.


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Fun Math Facts:

Math Limerick

Question: Why is this a mathematical limerick?

( (12 + 144 + 20 + 3 Sqrt[4]) / 7 ) + 5*11 = 92 + 0 .


A dozen, a gross, and a score,
plus three times the square root of four, divided by seven, plus five times eleven, is nine squared and not a bit more.

---Jon Saxton (math textbook author)

Presentation Suggestions:
Challenge students to invent their own math limerick!

The Math Behind the Fact:
It is fun to mix mathematics with poetry.


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