We are thrilled to have The Walking Classroom! Even in the freezing cold, my students beg to do a Walking Classroom lesson.
When we were in our poetry unit, “Casey at the Bat” (Complete-#29, 5-#5) was our favorite podcast, since that was the poem we spent the most time studying. As a writing activity, my students even created poems that imitated “Casey at the Bat”! During the poetry unit, we also studied “I Hear America Singing” (Complete-#26, 5-#66) and enjoyed that The Walking Classroom had a podcast on it too.
As we learned about inventors in our inventor unit in March, we found numerous podcasts on the inventors we study in detail, like George Washington Carver (Complete-#158, 5-#29, STEM-#35) and Thomas Edison (Complete-#162, 5-#16, STEM-#35). We look forward to our geology unit later in the school year, because there will be so much our podcasts can cover during that unit too!
Back in the fall, we loved the podcasts around westward expansion. We especially enjoyed the one on the Gold Rush (Complete-#108, 5-#83), since that is a main part of what we study in fourth grade social studies. Other classrooms in our building have expressed great interest in borrowing our WalkKits, especially the third and fifth grade classrooms who cover explorers and the Civil War.
Our school has an outdoor walking track as well as a nature trail from the school to a local park. The Walking Classroom lends itself perfectly to use these wonderful parts of our school, and makes the experiences as educational as they can be!
4th Grade Teacher
Ute Pass Elementary