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Fall 2020


The purpose of this literature review is to look at how physical activity or movement breaks impact students' academic achievement in the classroom. The literature provides several studies done by different researchers and the positive effects physical activity breaks have on students and their performance and behaviors in the classroom. Teachers are always looking for ways to keep students motivated and focused so they can perform well on tasks and assessments in schools. The literature that was reviewed shows how each of the studies reported positive results for brain and health development as well as increasements in academics for students with and without disabilities. The researched literature also shows ways to help students improve their focus and behaviors by self-regulating as well as interventions or physical activities that can take place in the classrooms for teachers to incorporate physical activity or movement within their lessons or daily routine.