Classroom Physical Activity Idea
Approach: Movement integrated into planned academic instruction
Subject Area: Language Arts/ Spelling
Recommended by: Jessica Yoder, Childhood Obesity Program Coordinator, Indiana State Department of Health, Previous 2nd Grade Teacher in Indianapolis’s MSD of Wayne Township
Context: When teaching spelling, there is often a ‘focus’ sound of the week. If you take the word “cat,” the focus may be on its short /a/ sound.
Instructions: Teacher should be prompting, participating and helping students understand the procedure of Kinesthetic Spelling. Eventually, this activity can be student led with teacher participating and providing individual supports.
Ask students to:
- Stand up, push in their chairs, and stand behind their desk.
- Start in a squatted position and say the first sound out loud /c/.
- Say the sound of the short /a/ five times, rising gradually each time until they are standing by the time the say the last sound.
- Say the /t/ in a standing position.
- Jump in the air and say the whole word, “cat.”
- To reach students that are visual learners, between each word, teacher and student can write the word on dry erase boards.