Last year, when I was putting together my weekly schedule for school, I found myself with two blocks of 15 minutes every week that I wasn't sure how to best fill. They were smack dab in the middle of my morning, and I wanted to find a great, simple, academic way to fill that time.
I came up with "Brain Boost".
Actually, last year, I did not call this activity anything cute like "Brain Boost". I just typed up pages of activities that I knew my students needed review on, or things that I wanted to quickly introduce whole-group, and I didn't make the pages cute or anything! Gasp! Not a clip art image to be found on ANY of them! Double gasp!
It was NOT acceptable for such an awesome teaching tool to look so UNawesome, so I spruced it up!
The pages cover a wide variety of math and language arts skills...everything from patterns to skip counting to beginning sounds to punctuation. And lots more! Just imagine a sprinkling of Kindergarten concepts and you've got the idea.
I've bundled the first 20 pages into a pack on TPT. In my classroom we complete these twice per week, whole-group with clipboards at our carpet area. So, 20 pages will last us the first 10 weeks of school. I'll keep creating as the year goes on, so that I'll end up with a full year's worth.
I created a sample page so that you can check it out for yourself and see if you think it could be useful for you in your classroom! This time with my students each week seriously became one of my FAVORITE teaching times of the week. I loved expanding concepts, teaching new things, or reviewing important skills in this short window of time. The variety of topics kept everyone engaged.
Click the image to check out the Brain Boost sample.
The pack will be on sale in my TPT shop until Sunday if you'd like to grab it! Click the image to check it out.
I'll also be giving a set away! I'll select the winner on Saturday!