Stimulate your brain by sipping eight-twelve ounces of liquid through a “crazy straw.”  Sucking stimulates both sides of the brain and enhances neural pathways.
Judith Bluestone, The HANDLE Institute

Write; Listen, Tell  to process new information.  Stop during a lesson.  Have students write an idea or draw a visual on a sticky note depicting something they have just learned. Find a partner, listen to what the partner has learned, and tell that partner what he/she has learned.  The best way to raise quiz and test scores is to verbalize the response.
Linda Tilton, The Teacher’s Toolbox for Differentiating Instruction

Write Vocabulary  in an address book, mini-binder or on spiral index cards cut in half; word     on one side, definition on the other

Put definitions on post-its.  Post the definition under the correct word in the text.

Tab the Text:  Use sticky flags or notes to mark the current unit, section, chapter review, glossary and index.

Shoulder-to-Shoulder Reading:  Have students sit back to back and read aloud together.

Take one minute poetry breaks.

“I tried to teach my child with books;
He gave me only puzzled looks.
I tried to teach my child with words;
They passed by him often unheard.
Despairingly, I turned aside
“How shall I teach this child,” I cried?
Into my hand he put the key,
“Come,” he said, “And play with me”.
Author Unknown

Balloon Pass  Link hands in a circle and move the balloon around, don’t let it touch the ground.  Recite information such as letters of the alphabet, skip count or identify states and capitals.  Add more than one balloon or break into partners.  Count the # of hits before the balloon touches the floor.

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