April 12, 2020
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April is National Move More Month
Staying physically active every day is important. Whether you’re in school or teaching remotely, there are plenty of ways to get moving while staying safe and social distancing. This week, we’ve collected resources to share with families to keep students of all ages moving!
TeachersFirst's Sports Resources
This collection connects sports to the curriculum with lesson plan ideas and science, social studies, math, and writing activities for all grade levels. Use these tools to engage students while away from the physical classroom.
The Crossfit Kids Startup Curriculum
Perfect to share with families, this curriculum is a printable handbook that contains two months of suggested physical training activities for students from Pre-K to high school and includes valuable checklists and developmental milestones.
CurriConnects Book List: Taking Care of Me
Looking for books about getting active to share with your students? This fiction-focused collection includes books about fitness, wellness, eating and staying healthy, and healthy approaches to sports.
Help Young Learners Get the Wiggles Out
This collection features resources to help get your youngest students up and moving in the classroom, outside, at home, or as a study break to help them focus when it’s time to get to work.
This jump rope fitness site is full of information on single rope stunts, jump rope games and rhymes, jump rope-themed snacks, and more. If you’re teaching remotely, challenge students to share their tricks on video!
Get students moving with GoNoodle, a great tool for at home or digital classroom learning breaks. Get up and dance, play along with an activity-driven game, and choose your exercise by type to increase focus.
Disney's Healthy Living - Kids
Educate young learners about the importance of fitness, handwashing, nutrition, and other healthy habits on this engaging site that includes videos, interactives, printables, and well-known characters.
Motivate Older Students to Get Moving
Teenage students often need extra encouragement to get off of the sofa and get moving! Use these resources to inspire older students to try something new.
Science of Golf
Whether you’re teaching remotely, offering blended learning, or are in the classroom with students, this site offers ready-to-go lesson plans and videos. Click any video to bring it up in a cue card and flip it to read a summary and learn key terms.
From butterfly to freestyle, view animations of real Olympic swimmers at different speeds and angles. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool and live in a warm climate, try the movements.
This site features several lessons, exercises, and information related to Covid-19. While this site is useful for all grades, older students can do many of the activities independently, including those that adhere to national standards.
This Week at TeachersFirst
This week, we’re focusing on an exciting option for teaching remotely: virtual field trips. View a list of resources we’ve reviewed and recommend and read our related blog post. We're also hosting a special, drop-in OK2Ask Virtual Workshop on Tuesday during which you can ask and get answers to your questions about teaching remotely. And, on Thursday, during our Twitter chat we'll discuss tips and tools for fostering reading and math engagement online. Don’t forget to weigh in on our weekly poll!
*BONUS* Workshop: Tuesday, 4/14, 7-9 PM ET
OK2Ask: Remote Learning Solutions
Join us this Tuesday (4/14) for a special OK2Ask drop-in session about remote learning solutions. We’ll share resources about collaboration strategies, subject-specific remote teaching, lesson delivery methods, and more. Get your questions answered.
Take your students on an adventure
Engage Students with Virtual Field Trips
Many educators are now facing the challenge of teaching students online. Virtual field trips offer students a way to see the world without ever leaving their homes. Find resources that connect to topics that you’re teaching and start exploring.
Infusing Technology Blog
Using Virtual Field Trips
Learn how to integrate virtual field trips into your lessons, discover helpful tools on the Infusing Technology blog, and encourage your students to start exploring.
Thursday, 4/16, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Fostering Reading and Math Engagement Online
This Thursday is our bi-monthly Twitter Chat, “Fostering Reading and Math Engagement Online.” We’ll define student engagement, explore ways to incorporate technology into lessons, and share tech tools that support remote instruction in these subjects.
Motivate your students to MOVE
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean standing still. This week our poll asks, “How do you encourage your students to get moving during this unprecedented time?” View others' replies when you click to submit and remember to stay active!
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