Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Action Cup!

In my previous post about classroom jobs, I mentioned the Action Cup that I use in my class.  Many of you were curious about it, so I'm writing up a whole post about it!

I use the action cup in so many ways!  I have an "Action Cup Helper" as a job.  Each time we transition from one activity to the next, or from our carpet seats to our chairs, the action up helper picks a student to choose an action, then the entire class does that action while they move to the next activity

I also use the action cup to work on counting and skip counting daily during morning meeting.  The morning helper brings the cup to all of the boys or all of the girls to pick various actions to do while they count aloud.

I start off the year with only a handful of actions in the cup, then add more throughout the year.  Every once in a while, I have the class pick new actions to add to the cup.  Here are the actions that were in my cup at the end of the year:

brush your teeth
clap your hands
cry like a baby
do bell jumps (forward and back)
do criss-cross jumps
do jumping jacks
do outer space jumps
do ski jumps
do squats
do the disco dance
do toe taps
fly like a jet
gallop like a horse
hop like a bunny
hop on one foot
howl like a wolf
jump like a frog
melt like ice
pop like popcorn
pretend to be a bird
pretend to build a house with sticks
pretend to climb a ladder
pretend to drive a car
pretend to eat
pretend to jump rope
pretend to read a book
pretend to swim
pretend to take a test
pretend to throw a ball
pretend your arms are spaghetti
pretend your legs are spaghetti
run in place
sit down
snarl like a dog
stomp like a dinosaur
stomp your feet
touch you leg
touch your arm
touch your back
touch your chin
touch your ears
touch your elbows
touch your eyebrows
touch your eyes
touch your hair
touch your head
touch your knees
touch your mouth
touch your nose
touch your shoes
touch your shoulders
touch your stomach
touch your toes
waddle like a duck
waddle like a penguin
walk like a dog

I'd love to hear some new ideas for actions... leave a comment if you think of something I missed!


  1. I like this idea! It's a good way to incorporate a movement break in a way that's quick! I don't think I'll get around to creating an action cup, but I think I'll give directions like "Hop back to your seat and work on page 13."
    Thanks for sharing!
    Bee Teaches

    1. I do that sometimes too ! I like the cup because I can make the kids be in charge of it... My forgetful mind sometimes forgets to give them an action, but when it's one of the student's jobs to get the cup you can bet they never forget!

  2. What a clever idea - I will tweet your blog post to my followers, they will love it too! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Monkeying Around With Technology

  3. This is a clever idea. I'll give it a try with my first graders. Any chance they get to get our their wiggles is a good one!

    1. So true! That's exactly why I love it!

  4. I am soo glad that I saw this!! Awesome idea :-) especially when you have a bunch of wiggle worm kiddos!!

    1. A true! Even the ones who aren't wiggle worms are just little worms holding in their wiggles! :)

  5. Walk like an Egyptian might be fun! These are great!

    1. I am definitely adding that to my cup!

  6. I love this idea!! I going to try this out with my Kindergarten class this year. Thanks!!

  7. Love this... I also spiced it up for different seasons... We just added walk like Frankenstein and gobble like a turkey!!

  8. Thank you so much! We will be using some of these during our Fundations lessons. Currently, our favorite movement is "Washing Machines" :-)