An Energizer with an Academic Twist

“Interruptions” gets students up and shaking out the cobwebs—while enhancing their listening and literacy skills in a fun way! It’s especially good with K3 students, but older children may also enjoy it.

[“Interruptions” is from Energizers! 88 Quick Movement Activities That Refresh and Refocus, by Susan Lattanzi Roser.]

Interruptions

(Teaching tip: When introducing this energizer, start with just one or two parameters and gradually add more.)

Read aloud to the children a short passage or poem or a paragraph or two from any book they’ve been working on together. As you read:

  • Students clap when they hear a word that starts with the “s” sound (or another consonant you identify).
  • Students snap when they hear the long “e” sound (or another vowel sound you identify).
  • Students sit down when they hear the end of a sentence.
  • Students stand up when they hear the beginning of a sentence.
Variations:
  • Have everyone read the passage together.
  • Have students make sounds for each type of ending punctuation. For example, students could say “shoombop” for exclamation points, “hmmmmm?” for question marks, and “zip” for periods.

If you enjoy using energizers, you’ll find lots more in our book, Energizers! 88 Quick Movement Activities That Refresh and Refocus, by Susan Lattanzi Roser.

 

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