Negotiating meaning is exhausting! To maintain engagement and maximum effort, it might be necessary to facilitate brain breaks for your students.

I found this brain break, Arm Hockey, from an Inspired Proficiency episode with Ashley Uyaguari, and she found it at the Origins Program.

Here are the rules for Arm/Circle Hockey: Everyone stands in a circle with legs a little wider than shoulder width. Neighbors’ feet touch. You can count-off by 3s if you want to create teams, but I quit with the teams because it takes too long for a brain break. Students are allowed to use one arm (the hockey stick) to try to hit the ball between someone’s legs (the goals). The ball must be hit with an open hand, should not be stopped, and has to stay on the floor. I end the game after about 10 points and return to regular programming.

It’s that simple!

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  • I did this today with 6th grade French last period – such a good activity to break up the reading we were doing! Merci

  • Thank you so much! I’m new to OWL and always searching for clear explanations of activities that I can refer back to. You are amazing!! And I know how much time editing must take so I sincerely appreciate all your work!

  • So,for points: if a person on team 1 is responsible for getting the ball to roll between the legs of a person on team 3, then team 1 gets a point, right? What if team 1 makes a goal on another player on team 1? Or are you actually trying to make points on your own team?
    What do you think about this for tallying points: The goal is to NOT get points for your team. So if the ball goes between your legs, that is a point for your team, which you DO NOT want. The team with the fewest points wins? The only things I can imagine having with the original play is that, with all the craziness, it might be difficult to determine who actually was responsible for making the “gol”.

    • Hola!
      If a team member makes a goal on their own player, it still counts, just like soccer. However, you are not trying to pass the ball through the legs of your own team member, so that would be bad.
      There are 2 ways to give points. A) Give a point to the team member who hit the ball, which is hard to track. B) Give a point to the team who didn’t protect their goal and let the ball pass. In this case, the lowest score wins/golf scoring.

  • Chido, Sarah. Lo voy a intentar. Una preguntita: Cuando tienes tres grupos, solo los estudiantes de un grupo están en el círculo jugando o todos se quedan allí y solo juegan los que son “unos”? Gracias.

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