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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.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

We meet to figure out what was good and bad at recess. The students helped to distribute, explain, collect, graph & analyze the data. Finally, they helped identify suggestions for the solutions.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Our challenges were the lack of funding and basic knowledge/experience on the playground. We asked the PTA to help with the funding. The PE program taught some basic/traditional games.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen more students physically active during their recess time. Our Kindergarten teachers have expressed an improvement in their students concentration during the afternoons as well.