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FUTP 60 Game Zone at Silvia

Teresa Mahjoory,   Frank M Silvia
Recess Refresh — It's Not so Elementary!
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
FUTP 60 Game Zone at Silvia
Fuel Up to Play 60 Recess Ambassadors have taken charge and are helping their younger counterparts tackle recess with an emphasis on more movement. For this Play we have enlisted the help of our older students and paired them up with our younger squads. Ambassadors are teaching movement activities to their peers to engage in at recess in our newly created “FUTP 60 Game Zone”. Our focus for these movement activities have been revolving around fun nutritional tie-ins. For example we played “Steal the Milk”, a farmer friendly retrieval game that highlighted some farmers protecting their milk supply while some thirsty neighbors tried to quench their thirst! Games are intended to highlight some fun nutrition facts and incorporate a ton of movement geared to elevate heart-rates.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The adults share the games with the student helpers who first piloted the activity then learn it well enough to share out with their peers. Students and adults reflect on how the activities are working at recess and if they should be adjusted for safety reasons. Adults help students to organize any equipment that may be needed for the activities and students are responsible for setup and clean-up.

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

The students are really loving the activities we create and teach. Moving forward I would like the the recess helpers to have the opportunity to create the games themselves. It will be awesome for them to research the games and explore the ways to integrate the learning and much needed physical activity.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

More students are wanting to participate in the FUTP60 “games on the hill”. We are seeing an huge influx from other recess areas up to this portion of our school. It is by far the most active zone of our recess play area so we are just thrilled with the response from students. It's been great to have our Ambassadors on the hill as role models for the younger children. Students are really taking ownership of their responsibilities. This play has really been a great leadership builder.