Thank you so much for our classroom set of Walking Classroom WalkKits! My third grade students and I love The Walking Classroom and look forward to using our WalkKits as often as we can during the school year. We try to use the WalkKits at least twice a week, but usually we use them more often.
In our classroom, a student has the job of passing out and collecting the WalkKits and taking care of them every time we use them. As a group, we preview each recording by doing a “splash” of all we might know about the particular subject about which we are about to listen. This way students better remember ideas they or others generate before listening.
After we listen to the podcast two or more times, we discuss to see how much students remember and how they might use this information, or how this impacts their lives or spurs their interests. Students remember more with each time they listen, of course!
In past years, students have even produced short recordings using FlipGrid to extend and share their knowledge of the subject matter with other students and even their own families. Others have created art work or designed artwork as a part of what they learned.
The movement part of this program is the part the students love the most. They have a feeling of being special because they can listen and walk and get outside — all while learning! Thank you again! We are the luckiest class of third graders around.
Third Grade Teacher