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Student Led In-Class Physical Activity Breaks

By
Hugh Brockway,   Lovettsville Elementary School
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Student Led In-Class Physical Activity Breaks

4th and 5th grade Student Ambassadors at Lovettsville Elementary created class sets of in-class physical activity breaks. Students wrote down simple exercises and movements on colorful craft sticks that their classmates can use to help get the "wiggles" out from time to time. After completing the class sets, small groups of Student Ambassadors went to every classroom to demonstrate how the activity break works. They showed that one student will draw a craft stick, read what the movement is, then the teacher puts some music on for 30 seconds to a minute while everyone does the movement at their desk/chair. Then, another student will draw a craft stick and repeat. After several have drawn, everyone gets back to work until the next break. When the demonstration was over, the Ambassadors left a class set of the craft sticks ready for use anytime the students needed a physical activity break.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The PE teacher purchased the craft sticks and markers. The students came up with the simple movements and wrote them on the craft sticks. The students presented to their classmates, peers and to the classroom teachers on how the activity break works.

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

This play will continue by adding movements to more craft sticks as the year progresses. Students can create and design their own movements to share with their class.