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Drumming and Hopping for Joy

By
Dianna Isaac-Johnson,   Northview Elem.
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Drumming and Hopping for Joy
Northview Elementary School was an Active School grant recipient. We received 50 large and extra-large Hoppity Hop Balls. Storage of 30 balls was the problem. We were able to use the $500 Touchdown funds to purchase 10 scooters and 30-ball stacker to have access to the balls at any time. The students jumped to music concept songs and jumped to the beat of the music. Students tried hard to take a still photograph and really enjoyed taking the active jumping photograph. Younger students began the new craze called Drums Alive. Drums Alive requires students to move around the room while playing drumstick on the Hoppity Hop Balls. Both in-class activities were great opportunities for students to use the balls, learn music and burn calories in a fun and exciting manner. Thank you so much for helping Northview be a school with the ability to be All In All Abilities-Activate your School throughout the building.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

The music room has enough space to store the balls along the wall. This program is fun and it just uses a few rules of how to do the right thing to make it work.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

If the students did not do what the adult asked, they could not play. Students really wanted a chance to jump with the balls as a class and we worked together to make it happen.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Our goal was to provide an opportunity for every student in school to hop or play on the balls. 98% of the students followed the rules and we did accomplish the goal of all students, regardless of their ability to play the activity.