The Walking Classroom podcasts have really proven useful in our classroom! We have incorporated climate change throughout the year, not just on Earth Day, so we have dug into Conservation (5-#7, STEM-#36, Complete-#129), Food Chains (4-#42, STEM-#33, Complete-#130), and Animal Classification (4-#41, STEM-#36, Complete-#129). We’ve even dove into some of the Native American podcasts during Native American History month (and beyond) as a segue to show how sustainable their living was and still is today. These podcasts in particular served as the perfect supplemental resource to our curriculum in 4th grade.
Following our walks, students have the opportunity to visualize and put their ideas into action when we do our project or problem based learning. We also incorporate podcast brochures to discuss and rate each podcast so that we have a catalogue and history for future podcasts or for students who may have missed a topic.
The opportunity to get out in nature is great for my students too. I have read about the statistics with students when linked to outdoor learning and the positive outcomes that they can achieve — the calm that the outdoors can instill.
I also love that our walking, listening, and learning satisfies our movement requirement (in addition to our normal PE period). The physical aspect is perfect for my students. They require so much movement and the WalkKits serve their purpose in that area too!
Fourth Grade Teacher