Students coordinate alternating movements leading to increased energy and focus.

Objectives

  1. Cognitive: Students will be able to focus on the task of alternating movements.
  2. Affective: Students will feel engaged and challenged by the coordination task.

Materials

None

Exercises

Time Activity Notes
1 min Introduce students to Snap Wink as a quick and fun challenge in focus and coordination. Encourage playfulness and continuous effort.
2 min Have students stand up.

Instruct students to wink with their right eye and snap using their left thumb and middle finger.

Then instruct students to wink with their left eye and snap using their right thumb and middle finger.

Instruct students to switch back and forth as quickly as they can.

Optional: Use a metronome to challenge students to maintain a rhythm.

If students can’t snap, they can simply tap their middle finger and thumb together.
2 min Wrap up the activity by highlighting how offering “brain breaks” can help manage levels of focus throughout the day.

Ask students: What other types of activities may serve as a “brain break?”

Optional: Have students do a quick search online to find other activities for helping them to refocus.

What did you notice about your focus level before and after the activity?

When might it be helpful to take a break to refocus?

Teacher Reflection

How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate
and seem engaged? Remember to ask the students to share their feedback on the activity: What went well? What suggestions do they have for making the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.

Emotional Intelligence Tips

  • Not all students may be able to snap. If students can’t snap, suggest that they simply tap their middle finger and thumb together.
  • Approach the activity with playfulness and a willingness to try.

Categories: