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Movement Matters at Westwoods

Caitlin Lorenc,   Westwoods Elementary School
In-Class Physical Activity Breaks — Good For Mind and Body
Physical Activity Participation,  Success with Funds
Movement Matters at Westwoods
Students at Westwoods Elementary School have been enjoying their Physical Activity Play! This year, the Fuel Up to Play 60 team, with assistance from MSU Extension, chose to implement the In-Class Physical Activity Breaks – Good for Mind and Body. With funding provided by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, the team chose to purchase items that would encourage classrooms to engage in short physical activity breaks to help students focus better in class! Lillian Swan, a fifth grade teacher at Westwoods and a Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisor, noted the success of this play. “My students really enjoy getting up and moving. Not only has it helped them academically, but I’ve also noticed that the breaks have physically helped my students. Their ability to balance has really progressed!”

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our entire team worked together to choose the items we would purchase with funding. The student team was responsible for tracking where the in-class kits were (i.e. which teacher had them), demonstrating how to use the equipment, and brainstorming new ways and games to play. The advisors supported our students by meeting with them, helping to guide them, and checking in with fellow teachers.