Literacy 4-6

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Tossing Activity


Tossing a ball, beanbag, or other small object activates physical focus in support of mental focus. A ball toss stimulates blood flow and several brain areas, which in turn increases energy levels and recall for learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this Spanish language teacher uses the tossing activity to practice conversational skills. She has students use particular sentence structures while tossing the ball to each other, thus focusing their Attention while answering questions in Spanish. She also includes tips about how to lead the activity including modeling, transitioning, changing pace, and allowing for questions.

  • Teachers can incorporate a tossing activity into various review lessons, such as Vocabulary building. Combining movement and repetition allows learners to practice learned concepts in an engaging way, promoting Short-term and Long-term Memory formation.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Products can include a virtual or real-life tossing activity to encourage movement in a fun learning environment. Developers can allow learners to customize the object that is being tossed to include words or visuals that are more relevant to the content they are practicing.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy