Brain Break Wednesday: How Many Students Does It Take to Make 11?

This Brain Break helps build math and cooperation skills as well as giving students a chance to move around and get their blood flowing!

1. Have students make a group of 3-5 students and stand in a circle.


2. Give students a number they are aiming to make as a group (5, 11, 16, etc.).

3. Tell students on the count of three they will show a number on their hand from 0 – 5. As a group they are trying to get their numbers to add up to the goal (5, 11, 16, etc.).

hands 0 - 5

4. Say “1, 2, 3, THROW” students all show a number and check if it added up to their goal. If not- try again!

5. Once your group has made the number they can sit down.

Adaptations: To make this easier, you can give students less options for numbers to throw out (You can throw a 1 or a 2.) and/or give them a number goal that’s a multiple of the number of students in the group (For example: if there are 4 students in the group, have them try to make the number 4 or 8 or 12 or 16)

What are your favorite brain breaks? Feel free to share in the comment section.

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