When things start winding down at school and the students attention span becomes shorter and their activeness increases, I like to pull out a lot of movement activities. One of my students' favorites is "The Cup Game." It is like a rhythm hand-clapping game and a passing game combined. I learned it many years ago at camp and I usually have a handful of students in each class that already know it. I use those students to tutor anyone who needs help.
I use the following poem to help teach the movements:
I found this poem and visual in the 5th grade Gameplan Curriculum by Randy DeLelles and Jeff Kriske. I taught the poem line by line and then took away the words a few at a time until the students had it memorized. Then each student received a plastic cup and we worked on each section slowly. After demonstrating each set of movements, I had the students practice with a partner. Once they learned the entire sequence, they got into teams of 4 and tried out the passing part of the game. Eventually we were able to pass the cups around the circle with the whole class.
As an extention, I had the students suggest songs that we could use to accompany the game. We tried everything from Sousa Marches to Michael Jackson to One Direction. Since the rhythm pattern is 4 measures long in 4/4 time, many familiar songs can be used!
I also picked out a few fun videos for them to enjoy: