Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Kimberly Rombach, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Kim Wieczorek, Ph.D.


This action research study focused on the impacts that movement breaks had on student focus during math lessons. This was a mixed-methods study with data collection occurring over a time period of three weeks while in a third grade classroom. Students were given 60-180 second movement breaks during math lessons over the course of the study. Movement breaks were classified in this study as any activity that required movement of one or more parts of the body. Data was collected in the form of observational analysis as well as through the use of student surveys. The findings of this study display an increase in student engagement and focus after implementation occurred. This was seen through a decrease in verbal reminders given to students on an individual basis as well as the whole group. It was also seen through student responses given on surveys. This paper will offer insight into how to effectively implement movement breaks during lessons in order to increase student focus.