I have a confession to make:
Hi, my name is Miss Mernagh and I am addicted to GoNoodle!!!!
I have been meaning to blog about Gonoodle for the longest time. It keeps slipping off my radar as I “tell” every teacher I meet about it. Of course, I don’t have the please of meeting all of my readers in person so here it goes…
GoNoodle is the most amazing website for brain breaks/activity breaks for kids! You just need an email address to register. It really couldn’t be easier. It’s perfect for classroom and home use so I would urge you all to sign up if you haven’t already done so. Click here for a link
You can have multiple GoNoodle accounts. This would be very handy if you have are in Learning Support etc. as you can have an account per child/grouping.
To begin with you get to select your own Avatar or “Champ”. Here is my current one. Allow me to introduce you to my current one. Say “Hi” to Flo You 🙂
You can see how many activities you have completed (1 in this case) and how many more are left on this level (9 in this case). At the end of the level your Champ is transformed… It’s always a hit with the kids!! When your champ is maxed out you get a certificate!!!
Here is how I like to choose a Champ and integrate the process with Maths. I love, love, love integration!!! I select 2 Champs for the kiddos to vote on. I give each kid an Unifix cube. We use these cubes to vote for our preferred champ. This allows me to tie the process into ‘Representing and Interpreting Data’. We “predict” at intervals which Champ might win based on the tower of cubes that has “more”. I’m sure you get it so I won’t drone on…
Here is the curriculum objectives it meets:
Once you are up and running there are tonnes and tonnes of activity/brain breaks to choose from. I love how GoNoodle have categorised them for ease of use. Not alone can you search by grade/class level but you can choose activity types too.
Here are just a few of the categories you can choose from:
I have lots of favourites stored for ease of use. Here are some of my favourites from last year. Check them out:
I also love that GoNoodle show you how long each activity will take. It’s a life saver when you are short on time or have time to fill before another class etc. I love to use GoNoodle for P.E warm-up activities before we hit the hall. It’s an absolute life saver on a rainy day when the kiddos are trapped inside. They would be a great addition to an Active School programme if you are working towards your flag.
Here is one for them 🙂
The more activities completed the more your Champ grows and changes. You will see lots of changes in your kids too. I was amazed at how much GoNoodle improved concentration, balance, coordination and following instructions!
Don’t forget to check out the stretching and calming section too. It’s a great lead into SPHE or even R.E when you want to calm the atmosphere before you begin.
Oh, before I go… Lots of Irish schools have YouTube blocked. Have no fear, GoNoodle has lots and lots of activities that will stream for classroom use here.
Parents, don’t forget to sign up your kiddos too! GoNoodle is great for rainy Saturday’s and playdates too!!!!
Have fun and don’t forget to GoNoodle!!!
Miss Mernagh 🙂