Through a generous donation from a business, our school received 35 Walking Classroom WalkKits for our 4th and 5th graders. Our teachers have shared these resources. They use the WalkKits to build background knowledge in science and social studies content. This complements our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.
Listening to podcasts on westward expansion and body systems, for example, ties in perfectly with our IB units of inquiry which engage students in their homeroom classes. We have also found The Walking Classroom to be a wonderful intervention for students who need alternative strategies for instruction. In addition to exercising and enjoying our outdoor areas, students receive small group or one to one support. We also use The Walking Classroom to reinforce classroom learning and increase listening comprehension.
Using the comprehension quizzes, along with note-taking in a thinking journal, has provided teachers with student data to use as a formative measure. We have noticed an increase in comprehension for students using The Walking Classroom five days a week. We have seen an average comprehension score increasing from 70 to 90%.
Listening to the podcasts multiple times ensures a deep understanding of the content, and the examples provided on the podcasts help students make connections to their lives. Using The Walking Classroom is the highlight of both the teachers’ and students’ day!
IB Curriculum Coordinator, Grades K-5
Weddington Hills Elementary