Walkabouts, designed by a team from ActivEd, review math and literacy topics to younger students using short, movement-based, educational online activities. Through videos to be projected in classrooms, students participate in physical activity as they learn key educational skills. What a great way to encourage kids to be more active as they learn. I watched one of the videos myself and was thoroughly impressed with the material covered and the movement initiated through the video.
Here’s a collection of 32 fun and energizing brain breaks videos for kids. Routine brain breaks heighten attentiveness, concentration and focus. By giving children time to release energy and stress, their learning can be amplified. Brain breaks also amplify physical fitness and coordination.
This is a great article showing the correlation between physical activity and academic achievement. While it can be a quick read, it offers several research studies that illustrate this correlation plus it provides links to other helpful resources on this topic.
Started by First Lady, Michelle Obama, Let’s Move! was created to increase opportunities for kids to be physically active, both in and out of school and to create new opportunities for families to move together. This initiative aims to put children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest years. There are a variety of resources and materials available for schools and families to discover at Let's Move.
The teacher section of GetFitTN has great resources to incorporate into your instruction. It has lesson ideas, teaching tools, and short videos on topics such as eating right, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, exercising every day and dealing with all the pressures of life. The site is easy to navigate and you can quickly find a healthy idea to bring into your classroom.
GoNoodle introduces movement as a game and encourages students to be active in a silly and fun way. Teachers have free access to hundreds of custom-made videos through this site. Kids are prompted to run, jump, dance, stretch, and even meditate. The videos are short and can be easily played during transitions or indoor recess.
This article presents recent research on the connection between regular physical activity and improved learning. The review is an easy read and presents the data in a clear, succinct way. I recommend reading it if considering amping up the physical activity in your classroom.