Hi all! My name is Pam and I’m here today to talk about getting kiddos more engaged in learning through movement. I cringe when I hear about kiddos sitting at desks for hours. Just last month there was an article in The Washington Post reporting a steady increase in children being diagnosed with ADHD. Read the article online here.
My class LOVES when I get them up and moving…they hardly notice that they are learning! One of their most favorite math center is Bowling for Subtraction.
In this center students set up 10 pins and then roll the ball to see how many pins they can knock down. Next students count how many they knocked over and how many are still standing.
Students then write the subtraction sentence. If your students need more sensory input you could use a weighted ball.
Their second favorite math center is hopscotch addition.
Here kiddos roll one die (use over-sized foam dice from the dollar store to make it fun and quiet!) to see how far they should jump through the hopscotch board the first time. They roll again and jump from where they left off the first time (adding on).
To finish your turn write the addition sentence you just jumped.
For ELA my students L-O-V-E write the room activities. We use over-sized magnifying glasses from the dollar store to make it extra fun. Students have to look up and down and all around.
Writing while in different positions and having to bear weight on hands and arms gives kids great sensory input. This input helps make kids more alert.
There are unlimited ways that you can combine motor activities with learning. HERE is a list of more activities to get kids up and learning. My favorite from this list is alphabet hunt pictured here:
I will definitely be doing this activity with my class! The activities combine math, ELA, fine motor and gross motor. In addition to the activities listed on the Learn-Play-Imagine site, we will be graphing how many leaves each student finds.
I hope I have sparked your interest and you try out some of the movement and learning ideas. Have fun and happy learning!!
Pam is a mom and a 17 year special education teacher. She blogs over at Mrs. P’s Specialties about activities for learners of all abilities. You can find her here on Facebook.