Brain breaks are a great way to help maintain a positive classroom throughout the day. They are a quick way to help reset the brain and get prepared for a new lesson. I love using them in between lesson transitions because it gives me just enough time to get lesson materials ready to go, and my students know a new lesson will begin afterwards. I hit repeat or use two videos if I need a bit more time and the video was too short.
Over the past few months, I've been enjoying collecting thematic videos to go with holidays and seasons! It helps keep the brain breaks fresh and keeps the holiday spirit alive in the classroom.
Below you will find a collection of five St Patrick's Day themed brain breaks for the classroom. Some are dances (a mix of simple and hard), others are a song/story to just watch and listen too. Even though some of the Irish dance moves are a bit tricky for those a bit uncoordinated (hand raised), the idea is to just get up and try join in with the music. I find these create lots of laughs and giggles as students try to do the dances too. With a mix of content suitable for young and older students, I hope you find at least one video that will work for your class. The last one with Hula Hoops might have to be done with pretend hula hoops, unless you have a large space available to attempt that dance in.
Please note: Depending on your Internet connection, the videos may need a little bit of time to load down below, so have the page ready and fresh to use throughout the day.
Enjoy and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Have You Ever Seen A Leprechaun
St Patrick's Day (Jib Jab)
Irish Meadow Dance (Just Dance)
A Hula Hoopy Saint Patrick's Day
You may also like this Video Hook to the St Patrick's Day Math Mystery Activity: Case of The Misplaced Pot of Gold
- This video hook is an optional extra to use when introducing students to the math mystery activity 'Case of The Misplaced Pot of Gold'.
- You can also use this video on its own as a writing prompt and students can create their own story about their adventure as a detective solving the case.
- I've included the cover images to the St Patrick's Day Math Mystery Activity at the bottom, if you click on them you will be directed to my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop to find out the math skills covered in that particular grade version.
Thanks and Happy St. Patrick's Day! :)