Math 3-6

Physical Activity & Recess

Overview

Research shows physical activity improves focus and creativity. Recess and physical education are ways for learners to exercise, which is essential for increasing oxygen flow to the brain and brain cell growth. In this way, physical activity can enhance cognitive abilities, as well as reduce stress and decrease math anxiety.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this geometry class incorporates movement to test students' understanding of math terms such as line and ray. This physical activity supports students' Attention to practicing these key concepts, deepening their understanding of geometry.

  • Teachers can incorporate extended movement during class by doing physical activities such as walking while reviewing content. Integrating this kind of movement can reduce fidgeting and support Attention during a math lesson. Teachers can also encourage positive language and inclusive play by establishing common rules for games during recess and equipping students with simple conflict-resolution tools. This way, learners practice Self-regulation and Social Awareness & Relationship Skills while engaging in healthy play.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how GoNoodle encourages physical activity and movement breaks through their videos. Students can mimic gestures and movement from these memorable, engaging videos and enhance their mathematical learning.

  • Developers can build activities and games that encourage learners to engage in movement and play by using videos, prompts, and even augmented reality.
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