Trees and Squirrels (Classroom Physical Activity Breaks)


[ Silence ] [ Students quietly talking ] Good. Now we’re going to move
to my next game, which is Trees and Squirrels. Now, what I’m going to do,
I’m going to — my trees. How do we make a tree? Stand up, here, Jesus. If I put you guys as a partner, okay,
you’re going to grab hands like this, and this is a tree. As soon as I put a squirrel in there,
you’re going to close it down, okay? So we’re in groups of three. So if I tell you “tree,” you’re going
to get with your partner and keep your hands up like this until I
put a squirrel there in the middle. You’ll see in a second, okay? So let’s you two guys
make a tree. Let’s get you two guys
make a tree. Let’s get you two
make a tree. Let’s get — [Marina], why don’t you
go inside that tree? Jose, why don’t you
go inside this tree? Come on, guys. Why don’t you two guys
make a tree? Let’s get you two boys
make a tree. [Nasale], you come
inside this tree. [Krista], you go
inside there. [Janita], why don’t you make a tree
with [Jumari] here. He doesn’t want to make a tree.
You come inside here, Jesus. Let’s get you two girls
make a tree. You go inside there, [Jovani]. Let’s get you two girls here
make a tree. You go inside. Let’s get you two girls make a tree.
You go inside. And let’s have you two girls
make a tree. And you go inside. Good. So now we see — guys,
let’s make a tree. Now we see every pair trees has
a squirrel in the middle, right? The only one that does not have
a squirrel is poor Vanessa [giggling]. When I say “change homes,” trees,
all you’re going to do is lift your hands up. Squirrels, you’re going to walk
to a different tree. It does not matter. Trees, as soon as you get a
new squirrel inside your home, you’re going to
close your gates down. Do we understand this? When I say “change homes,” trees, get
your hands up. Let your squirrel get out. We got a new roaming squirrel,
so hopefully, we find a new home right away so that
she doesn’t take your home. Remember, we’re not running.
This is walking. If you don’t have a home,
just come by me, and we’ll do it
all over again. Ready?
Change homes. Uh, find a tree.
Come on. There’s a tree over there — two trees.
Two trees still. Look. [Jamen], you got [Leslie]. Good.
Ready? Change homes. [ Quiet talking ] Let’s slide you girls over a little bit
so you have space. Good. [Nasale’s] left out.
Ready? Change homes. Good, Jose, good. Good.
Ready? Change homes. [ Quiet talking ] Ready?
Change homes. [ Quiet talking ] Uh, there’s one still. Good.
Now let’s listen to this here. If I’m [Crystal], step out for — – I’m Elizabeth.
– Elizabeth, let me step — let me step in here for a second. I’m a squirrel.
Here’s what we’re going to do. Tap one of your trees, and then you
become that tree. So I’m going to tap [Elia].
She’s going to be the squirrel. Now we’re doing this, okay? So we’re switching.
Ready? Go. Tap a tree. Tap a tree and become — and switch.
There you go. Good. Now you come in the middle.
Good. Did we switch here, guys? Yeah? – Yeah.
– Good. We got a new tree? Good.
Do we got a new tree over there? Someone’s got to be in the middle. Good. And Jose and [Nadine],
you got to grab hands. Good. Here we go.
Listen up. And change homes. [ Quiet talking ] Find a home. Find a home.
Find a home. Good. Ready?
Change homes. Good. These girls are quick.
I like that. Find one. Find one.
Find one. Yes.
And change homes. [ Quiet talking ] And change homes. [ Quiet talking ] And change homes. [ Quiet talking ] There’s one more tree here.
One more trees, guys. One more tree. Good.
And change homes. [ Quiet talking ] [Whistle] And listen to this now. If you have not been a squirrel,
raise your hand. Squirrels, I want you to go tap one
of those trees and become that tree. Tap one of the ones — squirrels, tap
one of the ones that have not had a turn. Good. You become the
squirrel in the middle. And you’re the tree.
Yes, good. Good. Now did you get a turn, Jose?
As a squirrel? No, you haven’t been a — Jesus,
make a tree here with — have you
had a turn, [Nadine]? – No.
– No? So you be the squirrel.
You make a tree with [Lilliana]. And you be
in the middle, [Nadine]. That’s fine.
You come in the middle. Good. Ready?
Change homes. [ Quiet talking ] You got to find one, Jose.
You got to find one, Jose. Look, look. Oh, he beat you to it. Guys, let’s stay walking. And change homes. [ Quiet talking ] There can only be one. Oh, this is a good point here.
What can we do — Wait, wait, wait, wait. What can we do here?
Hang one, once [Jethro] finds a spot. What can we do if they both
get here at the same — how can they figure this out
without fighting? – Rock, paper, scissors. – Rock, paper, scissors.
Let’s see. She — paper beats rock.
She has a tree. That’s perfect. I’ll hang on to it. Ready?
Change trees. [ Quiet talking ] Uh, paper, rock, scissors. Good. Paper beats rock.
He gets the tree. Change homes. [ Quiet talking ] And change homes. [ Quiet talking ] Okay, that’s awesome, boys.
That is awesome. There’s a tree
over there still. [ Quiet talking ] Good. And change homes. [ Quiet talking ] Good. [Whistle] And everyone go to your seat.
Fast, go to your seat. [ Silence ]

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