A few years ago, I was having my students work through a fairly long Power Point. They were working in pairs and they had an interactive study guide to accompany it, but I still felt like they needed something that would break up the monotony of it. I decided to insert a few "surprise" videos sporadically throughout the presentation as mini brain breaks. They LOVED IT and begged me for more! I am finally getting around to sharing a few of those videos. They are all short, slightly educational, and 100% kid-approved.
I've watched every single video all the way through, but be sure to double check and make sure they are suitable for your class. I'd also recommend using Safe Youtube to stream them and avoid ads.
Video #1: Kid President. He will never cease to amaze me, and students really gravitate toward his videos.
Video #2: Little Big Shots is a hoot to watch! Steve Harvey can get a little bit snarky sometimes, so I don't like to choose random clips to show, but this one is great!
Video #3: This musical video is mesmerizing, and there are so many to choose from!
Video #4: Rube Goldberg videos are some of my kids' favorites. This one is particularly fun because he eats dinner and dessert throughout the video! You can also use these videos for cause and effect.
Video #5: Two words: Optical Illusions.
Video #6: There's just something about watching thousands of dominos falling in sync that captures students. I also love to show them that kids can do hard and wonderful things, too!
Video #7: Don't do this at home! My students always beg me for more of these videos.
Video #8: If you aren't familiar with the Ron Clark Academy, check them out! They have so many master teachers on staff and offer so many great ideas to incorporate into your classroom. Ron Clark also has some sweet dance moves that he does with his students, which always gets my students up and dancing, too!