I stumbled across an activity similar to ‘FUN V.A.N’ on Pinterest called ‘Action Cup!’ by Ms. Jessica (by the way, if you haven’t signed up to Pinterest yet, I highly recommend you do as there are numerous ideas, activities, worksheets etc. that you can use at home or within the classroom). ‘FUN V.A.N’ is a great way to engage students by integrating ‘Grammar: Parts of Speech’ with silly actions and fun movements.
For this activity, you will need 3 vans (made out of cups): one containing verbs, another with adverbs and the third containing nouns. You can use this activity to break up a long lesson or for transitioning to the next activity, subject or lesson. A student randomly chooses a pop stick from each van and everyone has to act out what’s written on the pop sticks. For example: “jump” (verb), “wildly” (adverb), “like an elephant” (noun). Some verbs, adverbs and nouns are not going to make any sense whatsoever, but that’s the whole point of a ‘brain break’ and applying individual creativity to release some energy or tension.
Be warned: there’s plenty of noise, movement and laughter with this ‘brain break.’
These pop sticks can be easily designed and made to meet the requirements of your class. Just contact me to have a set sent to you for a nominal fee plus postage. ENJOY!