There is a word in Russian that means some physical exercises during onу minute on a lesson at school, kindergarten, etc. Exercises are ususally simple(move left, clap in hands, look up, etc.). Its verbatim translation is minute of physical culture. Are there any word in English like that?

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    Could you provide the Russian word?
    – user116295
    Dec 7 '15 at 16:11
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    @JackGraveney, физкультминутка. Dec 7 '15 at 16:12
  • Are these minutes of exercise scheduled and regular, or just inserted by the teacher whenever she thinks the children need a quick break?
    – cobaltduck
    Dec 7 '15 at 16:15
  • Using this it translates as physical education, which is a school subject in England and other countries in which the students play sports but also do excercises, especially in primary school.
    – user116295
    Dec 7 '15 at 16:18
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    @Hugh: O'Grady says instead of Simon Says. Secondary Classes instead of High School. Everyday I am confronted by yet more across-the-pond differences. We really are separated by our common language.
    – cobaltduck
    Dec 7 '15 at 16:33

Do you mean an energizer?

Energizers are fun activities that get students up, out of their desks and moving around for 1-2 minutes before getting back to work. You can use them in transition times, to break up a long lesson or after a test.


  • @AntonL. Np. I think you can use the word energizer in Russian too, but I might be wrong. At least that's the case in Polish. We write it as "energizer", but pronounce it "enerdżajzer".
    – Fae
    Dec 7 '15 at 16:41
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    I hope this does become a common use of this word, but be aware that as of today it is not. In fact, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing this word is a drum-playing stuffed bunny.
    – cobaltduck
    Dec 7 '15 at 16:45
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    Never heard the word in this sense. Also note the list of "energizers" (60 Second Energizers) at the link you provided. Apparently "energizers" are not limited to physical activity, they include games, writing stuff on cards, singing songs in a circle, sharing key points from the lesson etc. As far as I understand, физкультминутка is limited to physical exercises.
    – A.P.
    Dec 7 '15 at 16:49

Consider (in-class) activity breaks:

Are you thinking of implementing in-class activity breaks? Use these poll questions and ideas to create a customized poll that meets your needs.

Remember that your overall goal is to get more students to participate in physical activity during the day, beyond regular P.E. classes.

a. Mini-workout circuit in class
b. Stretching
c. Running or jumping in place
d. Strength-building activities like push-ups or calisthenics


Another example:

In-Class Physical Activity Breaks


Alternatively, consider movement break:

Regularly-scheduled movement breaks throughout the day and movement used within and between lessons results in better-behaved, more engaged students who can more easily focus on and retain what they are supposed to be learning.

Schools don’t need extra space and they don’t need special instructors in order to do this. They mostly need to change their mindset and accept that movement is beneficial. Movement breaks can be included between lessons very easily. Teachers can reduce the amount of instruction time per lesson from 40 to 30 minutes, and then use the remaining 10 minutes for movement breaks, so that children are clear and focused before the next lesson begins.


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