My class and I are deeply appreciative that we can fully participate in The Walking Classroom. The Walking Classroom has allowed us to get extra fresh air and exercise during the school day. My third grade students have really enjoyed the opportunity to walk, listen, and learn.
Many of the podcasts align with what we have been learning about in class. For example, we listened to Idioms (4-#7, 5-#3, Complete-#3) after learning about figurative language. Another example is that we listened to Mountains (4-#77, STEM-#21, Complete-#139) and Volcanoes (4-#76, STEM-#19, Complete-#138) and learned about the formation of both after finishing our unit on landforms in science. Lastly, we listened to Castles of the Middle Ages (4-#83, Complete-#47) and Knights of the Middle Ages (4-#81, Complete-#48) after we read Magic Tree House: Knight at Dawn as a class.
My students have used The Walking Classroom to practice their communication and collaboration skills with their peers. Students discuss what was learned from a podcast with a partner after we finish listening to that podcast. Students also work in teams to answer comprehension quiz questions when we return from a walk.
The Walking Classroom has also increased engagement within the classrooms. Students are more energized after going on a walk and listening to a podcast on their WalkKits. We are excited to continued walking, listening, and learning this year.
Third Grade Teacher
Forest View Elementary
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