Movement in the Classroom

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					                            Movement in the Classroom:

What is Movement in the Classroom?

Incorporating movement in the classroom is a fun and simple way to increase physical
activity during the school day and also aids in improved learning and attention skills.

Ideas for incorporating Movement in YOUR classroom:

Short Activities to Get the Blood Flowing (Good to Use as Transitions):
    Cross Crawl – Starting with a walking motion, lift the right knee slowly and bring
   the left hand to touch it gently. Alternate by bringing the right hand to touch the left
   knee gently. Repeat.
    Crazy Arms - Have students start with their left arm going up and down in a
   steady rhythm. Once they put this movement on “auto-pilot” (meaning they can do it
   without thinking about it) add in the right arm doing up, side, down in the same
    Lazy Eights - Hold thumb at eye level. Thumb moves in a large figure eight
   pattern in front of the body, eyes tracking the movement. Variations – Try both
   thumbs making 8s at the same time side by side, or both thumbs making 8s that
   mirror each other.
    Criss-Cross - Hold your nose with your right hand. Reach under with your left
   hand to hold your right ear lobe. Switch, picking up speed as you go.

Longer Movement Activities:
    Back-Writing - Students love to spell words on a partner’s back, then have the
   partner guess what they’re writing. This can be used with spelling words, vocabulary
   words, verbs, nouns, etc.
    Patterns – You and your students can create movement patterns. For example,
   brainstorm as a class and list appropriate movements on the board (clap, stomp,
   bounce, snap, etc). Then split students up into groups or pairs to create patterns
   (ABAB, AABB, ABC, etc) using these movements. Let them perform their patterns
   for other groups to see if the groups can correctly identify the pattern.
    Jump Rope Math Facts - Students work in pairs. One student can ask a math fact
   (addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc) and have the other student jump rope the
   answer while counting their jumps. This has limitless options: counting by 2s, 3s,
   evens, odds, etc!
    Word Problems that Move - Ask your students to write word problems that
   move. For example: Megan did 5 sit-ups. She then did 3 times as many push-ups.
   How many movements did Megan do? Have students trade problems with a
   classmate, then “move” the answer to the problem.
    Jump the Creek – Measure to see how far students can leap past a line. This data
   can then be used for graphing.
 Dialogue - Students work with partners to write a dialogue based on a given
prompt (in class lately I’ve been using the following: You and your partner and
brother and sister. You come home after school and find that there is only one cookie
in the cookie jar. What do you do?). Once written, the can practice acting it out, then
perform it for the class.
 Act out a Story- Older students are actually very skilled at acting out a given
story. It can be a fairy tale or a short picture book. Simply split the class into groups
and assign each group their own story. Give them a time limit in which to practice
(you’d be amazed at what they can do in 15 minutes!) and then have them perform for
each other. If this needs to be a longer activity they can create flow maps showing
their plot line as a planning activity prior to rehearsing. Some students have even
embraced script writing.
 Alphabet Dances – Younger students can spell various words with their bodies.
They simply need to figure out a way to make the shape of each letter with their
bodies. First graders are already used to this concept, as we do Name Dances in
Dance/Drama at the beginning of the year.