My students have enjoyed The Walking Classroom. They ask to do it often. As a teacher I like that there are so many topics that fit into what I am already teaching. I am a special education teacher, and many of my students have ADHD. To be able to get them up and moving while learning is awesome!
I typically choose topics that go along with my science and social studies units. The last couple of weeks we have been studying explorers. After we learned about Christopher Columbus (5-#79, Combined-#54), we did the Walking Classroom lesson on him.
Afterwards, my students were excited to talk about what they learned that was new. They were also equally excited to share that they had heard information in the podcast that we had learned about Columbus the week before!
In general, I find our Walking Classroom lessons to be most meaningful when the students have some previous knowledge on the topic. It is much easier for them to make connections. After we walk, we talk about what they learned or what they made a connection with. Then we usually complete the comprehension quizzes that go with the lesson.
The Walking Classroom makes a great addition to my teaching units!
4th Grade Special Education Teacher
Chauncey H. Duker School
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