Schools Can Help Defend Against Childhood Obesity

Schools Can Help Defend Against Childhood Obesity

Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of their 2017 study on adult obesity. According to the study, seven states reported an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35%. In the previous year’s study, five states reported at or...
Improving Students’ Focus

Improving Students’ Focus

Keeping students interested and on task can be a major challenge for today’s teachers. With shortened attention spans and extended periods of sitting, children have trouble staying focused enough to learn and retain lessons. Here are some ways to keep students focused...
The Hidden Dangers of Sitting Still (and How to Avoid Them)

The Hidden Dangers of Sitting Still (and How to Avoid Them)

There is an ever-increasing awareness among education professionals about the link between physical activity and cognitive child development. We are learning more and more about how the physical growth of a child also affects mental and emotional growth, and vice...
Real-World Walkabouts: Moving Money

Real-World Walkabouts: Moving Money

Your students will love learning about money in May’s Real-World Walkabout, Moving Money, in which they are given enlarged coins and bills and must move together to assemble the correct amount for each word problem. Subject Area math Skills money Grade Levels...
The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity

It goes without saying that a positive school environment is beneficial for everyone. The power of positivity can make the day enjoyable, build self-esteem, motivate exceptional performance, evoke a sense of pride in meaningful work, and increase confidence in...
Kinesthetic Learning Activities for Earth Day

Kinesthetic Learning Activities for Earth Day

Earth Day is the perfect time to get students out of their seats (and even out of the classroom!) for some kinesthetic learning. Schoolyard Trash Pick Up Provide trash bags and non-latex surgical gloves for students. Take the class outside to pick up trash and...
Real-World Walkabouts: High Frequency Word Sleuths

Real-World Walkabouts: High Frequency Word Sleuths

April’s Real-World Walkabout asks students to don their Sherlock Holmes’ style caps and become High Frequency Word Sleuths. How many words can students spot? Subject Area literacy Skills high frequency words Grade Levels Kindergarten – 2nd Materials...
The Truth About Video Games

The Truth About Video Games

At this point, it’s common knowledge that childhood obesity is growing at an alarming rate in the United States. Parents, educators, and researchers alike are searching for the cause and ways to reverse the trend and increase physical activity in children. Video games...
Research Behind Activity Breaks

Research Behind Activity Breaks

According to a 2016 science paper, the average elementary school student is distracted more than a quarter of the time he or she spends in class. Does this sound familiar? What are you doing in your classroom to keep your students engaged and on task? One way to keep...