During these cold winter days of cabin fever in the classroom, we want to support educators with resources to keep kids moving and engaged. Evidence suggests a positive impact of physical activity on academic achievement and in reducing behavioral challenges. Active recess time, physical education classes, and utilizing action-based learning strategies in the classroom can all be part of the regular school day.
We share the following as a resource.
Programs to explore
Healthy Kids Healthy Futures: Staff can learn about the benefits and best practices of physical activity in child care and early education (including pre-school) settings. Physical activity habits learned in early childhood can last a lifetime.
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program: This guide is for schools and school districts to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive physical activity programs. School-age youth should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and schools have a significant role to play in helping students achieve this recommendation. This guide will help schools identify how to establish more active school environments.
Let’s Go: Let’s Go! is a childhood obesity prevention program found across Maine and in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire. These programs use evidence-based strategies to increase healthy eating and physical activity among children from birth to 18. The foundation for change is the 5-2-1-0 healthy habits message, developed in Maine and recognized nationally.
Explore Physical Activity: School staff can learn about the five components of a comprehensive school physical activity program and how this new national model can support a culture of physical activity at your school.
I Can Do It (ICDI): The “I Can Do It” program is a strategic physical activity program for students with disabilities in the K-12 school setting designed to provide access, equity, and facilitate and encourage opportunities for students with disabilities to be physically active for 60 minutes a day.
Specific Class Motor Break Ideas
Classroom Exercise Breaks for Elementary Students: Classroom exercise break suggestions for elementary school classrooms.
Reading: Literacy and movement suggestions to engage middle school students in acquiring knowledge. The suggestions require minimal materials and teacher preparation.
Scholastic Teachers: Suggestions for combining both exercise and movement in early childhood classrooms across the content areas.
Math: quick physical activity games: Movement suggestions to engage students while improving number sense.
Physical Activity Math Games: A list of possibilities for supporting kinesthetic learners during mathematics instruction.
Classrooms in Motion : A review resource hub for teachers committed to infusing movement into their instructional plans.
For more information or to share ideas, contact Jean Zimmerman, Health and Physical Ed. Consultant, at Jean.firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-624-6687.