Recess looks very different now!
- Elaine Tilghman, Fruitland Primary
- Physical Activity Participation
The 2nd graders interviewed the rest of the school to find out what they liked, didn’t like and what they would like to add to our current recess times. They then used that information in a graphing project and shared the results of the data with us. The analysis identified 3 areas for improvement. The first was equipment. We approached the PTA to ask for extra funding. The second was the choices of activities during the recess time. Our solution for this was to expose the students to a variety of traditional elementary recess games which they could play. The biggest hit was the traditional 4-square game. Finally, we added a Walking Wednesday Club. The classes now begin every Wednesday with walking 1 lap around our “walking track.” The students are then given a choice - either they can go play on the playground or they can log more laps around the track. All laps are recorded and the classes function as a team. We devised a class reward system for every 100 miles the class completes. We also created a walking route around the cafeteria to display the classes’ progress. Now our recess looks more fun, interactive and positive.