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Winter Recess Activities

By
Kelle Brieger,   Fox Meadow Elementary School
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Winter Recess Activities
During the winter months, students are stuck inside their classrooms for recess. Many are encouraged to sit and play board games. We felt the need to provide activities that would provide opportunity for movement engaging both the body and brain.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and adults worked together to create activities to put together in a folder so that lunch supervisors had a resource that would help keep students active when they had indoor recess. A team of adults gathered activities, students assembled folders and offered feedback on activities and finally the vice principal introduced the folders to lunch room supervisors who could then implement activities.

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

This resource will remain in the lunch room for supervisors to use in the future school years. Additional activities will be added along with a list of favorites once feedback is provided from the supervisors and students.

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

I thought that explaining unfamiliar activities might not be comfortable for some of the supervisors. Trying to supervise students and figure out the rules of the game and communicate it to the students while having to deal with many other distractions might be problematic. I decided to teach some of the activities ahead of time to students during their PE time so that they were familiar with the way the activity should look.