The Walking Classroom
Wouldn't it be amazing to have a program that combines literacy, movement, technology and fun? Grab your Walk-It and join us in "The Walking Classroom". This unique program provides 96 podcasts aligned with Common Core Standards in 5th grade for students to listen to while exercising. The podcasts are pre-programmed, easy to use and begin with a health literacy lesson. In addition, there is a teacher's manual that provides quizzes, inquiry questions and lesson plans that support each topic.
This is a great way to incorporate MORE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY into the day for students (and teachers). In other words, you can have Physical Education, recess, and even more movement with The Walking Classroom.
At Aurora Frontier K-8, in Aurora, Colorado, 5th grade students use The Walking Classroom at least twice a week inside or outside depending on the weather. Mrs. Linda Newman, a 5th Grade Science Teacher, provides an elective for all 5th grade students. In her elective she ties together wellness via The 5th Gear Kids program and The Walking Classroom grant. Mrs. Newman was proud to explain:
"You know it is a walking day when students walk in with a smile on their face and their ear buds in their hands. Students look forward to figuring out which podcast we will be listening to by using the clues in our Learning Target. It is also fund to see the "light bulbs: turning on when the podcast reinforces a concept the students have been learning in one of their classes. Some of the students have taken on the challenge of completing as many laps around our walking loop (without running!) as they can before the podcast is over."
If you would like more information on The Walking Classroom here are some links:
Aurora Frontier K-8 Teachers:
Linda Newman, 5th Grade Science
Jennifer Ebbe Handy, Physical Education
Page last updated on August 27, 2014