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So, I was looking at the example video clips of energizers on this site: http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/b...izers_vid.html

I love them and I think that the kiddos will love them too.

I have a few questions about energizers:

1. When do you use them and how often?
2. How are they different from the "activitiy" portion of the morning meeting?
3. Does anyone have any favorite energizers that they could share?


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1. When do you use them and how often?

I use them all the time, as much as I need them. Usually during a transition as we're finishing up a Daily 5 round or moving from Morning Meeting to Writer's Workshop. I also use them if we are going a bit long with a read aloud... any time I can "see" the children starting to "fade" is when I use them.

2. How are they different from the "activitiy" portion of the morning meeting?

They are different because they are intended to be just for fun and movement. But, they can certainly be taught during Morning Meeting at the Activity portion. There is a big push to tie more academics into the Morning Meeting, and the Activity portion is a great vehicle for this. So, as the year gets rolling, I definately do more academically geared activities. But, when I feel we need just some class community building or just plain fun I'll put in an energizer for a change of pace. Also, energizers are quick quick, and there is a beginning, middle and end... Some Activities can continue day to day depending on how you play/use them.


3. Does anyone have any favorite energizers that they could share?

I love Popcorn's in the Popper... I commented on that one on the Responsive Blog a few months back. Also, I love Boom Chicka Boom (happygirl has that one in her thread about RC Institute). It's an old one from girl scout camp and I change it up so much! I have so many versions...

Author Style : "Write Chicka Write"
Clean Style "Sweep Chicka Sweep"
Silent Style (just your mouth moves, no sounds)
Papa Bear Style
"Southern" Style (I live in New England, so you can imagine our southern drawl)
Swimming Style....

Get the idea?
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I can't find happygirl's thread that was mentioned. I'd love the words to the Boom Chicka Boom energizer. Is there a video clip on this too?
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Chicka Boom energizer
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I read about Chicka Boom energizer here from Happy Girl:
http://proteacher.net/discussions/sh...d.php?t=258428

I wish there were more energizers on video or dvd. Are there?
I am such a visual learner, I do much better seeing and DOING the energizer. : )

Hope the thread helps!
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I teach grade 1 and used this site all year long. The kids loved it and so did I. I think I started with "Shark Attack" and "Double Double". Please let me know if this is "old stuff". Thanks.
http://weblog.packer.edu/responsiveclassroom/about/


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My fourth graders balked at energizers toward the end of the year. Mostly the boys. I did however keep using them because I thought that they secretly still loved them. My class's favorite was Shark Attack! They LOVED that one!

I used energizers maybe once or twice a day depending on their level of need for fun and movement. If they just took a big test, we did one. IF they sat for a long time for extra long read - alouds, I did one!
 
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Thank you Serendipity!
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THANK YOU for sharing this site! Since I am a newbie, this site was brand new to me and I am thrilled you shared it! I WILL be using it!
Question-the "Popcorn" energizer, do you do that several times so all children can be the popcorn in the middle?
Another question, (sorry!) ! I warned y'all I 'd be asking lots of questions! : )
The 88 Energizers book (sorry not exact title) does it suggest the tune to do the enegizers with or is this something you make up or learn at the workshops or....?
Thanks so much! : )
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P.S. I teach first grade too.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:29 AM
 
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I actually taught all my kids to pop at the same time so they can all be the popcorn. I'm telling you it is great fun.
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I teach first and whenever we were sitting for a while or you could see the wiggles in them, we'd do an Energizer. Sometimes I would intro it as the activity in Morning Meeting.

Our favorites were:

Ma Zinga (Energizers! book)--I'm not sure why they loved this one so much but they certainly did! They would beg me for it. It's still a mystery to me!

Shark attack (Energizers!)

Boom Chicka Boom

Still as a Rock (Energizers!)

Walkie Talkies (Energizers!)--I did this in-between for transitions a lot. "We're going to do a walkie talkie about something you are proud of about your work. Go to your reading partner. On the third chime, you should be back in your seat." They loved it!
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Shark attack is the favorite, along with
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Hello, My Name is Joe. I teach third, and like everyone else I use them when it seems like we've been working too long, sitting too long, listening too long, etc. I also use them as a transition to get to someplace else (from the meeting area to a table seat, for example.) There's a great web site that I think I found on PT called brainbreaks.blogspot.com
Lots of great suggestions on it. My class loved the intricate handshakes.


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