The Walking Classroom has been such a great addition to my classroom instruction this year. The students are always so excited to go for our walks. The topics covered on the WalkKits align very nicely with our social studies, science, and ELA content.
What I love best about The Walking Classroom is how it has helped my ELL students. On the WalkKits, there is a podcast about prepositions. While listening to the podcast, the students use their hands to make bunnies and a box. The podcast uses the bunny and box concept to help the students learn what about prepositions are!
Whenever we are doing our grammar lessons that involve prepositions, the students now make the bunny and box to determine if the word is a preposition. This little kinesthetic activity has really helped my English language learners understand what a preposition is and a technique to identify the prepositions in sentences.
I also love how the program introduces the students to concepts and topics that you might not normally discuss in class. We were listening to the podcast on Native Americans and how they used the stars for storytelling. Part of the podcast talks about light pollution. This is a concept I wouldn’t normally think to discuss in class.
One day we had a guest speaker come to class to talk about living in the country versus living in the city. My students then went on to tell the guest all about light pollution and how it was harming the environment. The guest was blown away by the students’ knowledge about light pollution.
I can’t tell you how lucky I was to get The Walking Classroom for my classroom. I am so glad that my students have had the opportunity to use this program.
5th Grade Teacher