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11, 2, 3 Look UpIn a circle everyone looks at someone's feet. Teachers says 1, 2, 3 look up and everyone looks into person's eyes. If 2 people are looking at each other, they are out.
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2Animals in a rowGroups of 4. Each person thinks of an animal. Without speaking groups act out animal and line themselves up from smallest to largest.
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3Body PartsCall out body parts and partners have to touch them together
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4ChocolatePartners play a form of patty cake while chanting, chocolate - choco, choco la la - choco choco te te - choco la - choco te - chocolate
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5Circle with ballsThrow one ball around the circle to establish order until everyone has had it. Repeat order adding more and more balls.
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6Clap CompetitionIn a circle the teacher leads the class in a circle clap. The clap can pass to the right around the circle, to the left, fast, slow, and eventually it starts in both directions and has to travel full circle. The person beside the teacher to finish the circle class first, wins.
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7Clipboard raceIn groups, students race with clipboards on their heads.
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8CountingGive students something to count, correct answer wins (ceiling tiles, floor tiles, words on wall, etc.)
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9Follow the leaderOne student leaves room. In a circle the leader does actions that everyone covertly follows. Student enters the room and has to guess the leader in 3 guesses.
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10Fotos en vivo Teacher plays music, when music stops there's a picture on the tv, students get into groups to mimic the people's actions in the photo
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11Four CornersAsk questions with 4 possible answers. Depending on answer, students move to one of the four corners of the room.
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12Freeze DancePlay music and when it stops you strike a pose and freeze.
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13Friend/EnemyEach person silently chooses someone to be their friend and someone else to be their enemy. At "go" they mill around trying to put their friend between them and the enemy. Teacher says "stop" and they determine who was successful.
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14Gimme 5 DanceEllen and Michelle Obama do the Gimme 5 dance. Starts at 3:55 https://goo.gl/feBPng
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15HaIn a circle, explain that the object of this game is, without laughing, to pass the word "ha" around the circle. Teacher starts by saying "ha". The person to right must repeat the "ha" and then say another "ha." Continues around the circle adding "ha"s. The game ends when all have repeated the "ha's" that preceded them and then added their own "ha.” If someone laughs, it starts over.
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High Cincos Students stand and give "High Cincos" to five people standing around them. Simple and quick, allows students to move for a few moments and re-focus.
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16Hot/ColdOne person leaves the room. Hide an object in the room. Student enters and tries to find it while students say hot or cold.
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17Human KnotDivide students into groups of about eight students. Have students each grab right hands with someone who is not directly next to them. Then do the same with left hands. The challenge is to untangle and become a circle without releasing hands.
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Jump In -Jump Out for explanation, see video https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=139&v=k6bHltjIYzE
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18La ensaladaYoutube video with chant and actions
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19La familia sapoYoutube video with chant and actions
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20Line up! Have students line up according to height, birthday, abc order, etc.
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21Llama songHappy llama, sad llama, totally rad llama, super llama, drama llama, big bad mama llama, moose, goose, llama on the loose, Barack Obama llama "Yes we can!", awkward turtles make weird babies, potato, potato, tomato, tomato, mean doctor coconut turns into a palm tree, moose, alpaca, moose moose, alpaca, moose, alpaca, moose moose, narwhal.
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22MirrorPartners try to mirror each other's actions
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23Mum ballIn a circle students throw a ball to each other without talking. If you talk or miss or throw badly, you're out.
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24MurderTeacher chooses a secret murderer. Class wanders around shaking hands. Murderer shakes by tapping wrists with their pointer finger. That person "dies" and 2 people have to accuse. Dead person says the murderer goes free or the murderer is caught. If free, game continues until the murderer is caught. Murderer make also accuse.
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25Musical chairsChairs in a circle, one less chair than players, when music stops, grab a seat. Person without a chair is out. Can have only one loser every round or play until one person wins
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Nose - Ear Change Hold right ear with left hand while at same time hold nose with right hand. Switch. Try to speed up.
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26Numbers 1 to 10 In a circle, each person helps count to 10 by saying 1, 2, or 3 numbers. The person that says 10 is out.
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27PlatesGive each student a paper plate. Students must walk around the room balancing the plates on their heads. If a student drops his or her plate, the student must freeze until another student picks it up and places it back on the student’s head (while keeping his or her own plate in place, of course).
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28Pollito Pio Youtube pollito pio video with actions and song
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29Push up hockeyStudents partner up and face each other in push up position about 2 feet apart w/arms shoulder width apart. Students can use a crumpled up piece of paper as a ball, or a ping pong ball or bean bag to push back and forth using their hands and trying to score through their opponents goal (arms).
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30Random CountingIndividuals yell out numbers in order until two people say a number it starts back at 1. Time for one minute. Try to beat record.
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31Rock, Paper, Scissors TrainEveryone does RPS with a partner, loser grabs winner's shoulders (forming a train) and chants name, repeat until entire class is one train.
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32SelfieTake a class selfie
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33Sid Shuffle: Ice Age https://goo.gl/i3xMc9
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34Simón DiceSimon says
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35Six SpotsNumber six spots around your room from 1-6. Have students each go to a spot of their choice. Choose a student to roll a die (if you can make a big one out of foam, it adds to the fun). All the students at the number rolled must go back to their seats. Students that are left go to a new spot, and the die is rolled again. Continue until only a few students are left.
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36SongsDays of the week, Months of the year, Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes
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37Soy un SaleroI'm a little teapot variation, chant and actions
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38Switch, Change, RotateForm 3 lines of students (or less for small classes). Teacher says "switch" and the person in front moves to the back. Teacher says "change" and the person in front goes to back and the person in the back moves to the front. Teacher says "rotate" and the entire line turns around so there's a new front and back. Repeat and change it up for a minute or two.
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39Todo el movimientoYoutube video with chant and actions
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40Touch the colorTeacher says colors in TL and students run around the room to touch something with that color in it.
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41Trading Places In a circle call out a trait, and everyone who has that trait must change places with someone else (students who do not have the trait stay where they are). Examples: “Everyone with curly hair.” “Everyone who ate cereal for breakfast.”
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42Winner/LoserIn a circle each person touches hands with the adjacent people (right hand on top, left hand on bottom). One person starts at 1, brings their right hand over and claps the person's hand to their left. Continues around circle to 5. The person that gets to 5 has to move their hand out of the way before the person hits it or they are out. If they flinch, they are out. If the person misses, they are out.
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43Zip Zap ZoomIn a circle students point and make eye contact with another person while passing Zip, Zap or Zoom. If you aren't clear with looking/pointing or say the wrong word, you're out.
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44ZumbaYoutube zumba songs
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Tormenta de Lluvia
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Rock, Paper, Scissors v. Sra.
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Rin, Rin
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Pikachú
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