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Suggested Grade Level(s): 1, 2

Content Standard(s):

  • 1 - Reading/Language Arts
    • Conventions of Standard English | L.1.1:
      Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • 1 - Science / Social Studies
    • NS.K-4.3:
      Life Science
  • 2 - Reading/Language Arts
    • Conventions of Standard English | L.2.1:
      Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • 2 - Science / Social Studies
    • NS.K-4.3:
      Life Science

Purpose of Activity (objectives, etc.):

Students will recognize and understand various words from a lesson and do a corresponding physical activity.

Description:

Assign different movement types to different types of letters or words and tell the children. This lesson can be used to cover content from many subject areas.

Examples of types of letters or words and movement types for a Language Lesson:
consonants - 5 jumping jacks
vowels - 5 toe touches
nouns - 5 raise the roofs
verbs - 5 push ups
adjectives - 5 squats

Call out a color of a streetlight and have students move as the color dictates. Red light means stop and yellow light means jog on the spot. When you call out “green,” pause for just a second and then say one of the letter or words from the lesson. For example, if you say b, b is a consonant so the students must do 5 jumping jacks. If you say u, u is a vowel so the students must do 5 toe touches.

If you call out “Pit Stop,” students stop and complete a stretch, holding it for eight seconds.

This lesson can be adapted to be used in other subjects.
MATH - Assign numbers instead of word types and have the students move based on whether the number is odd or even, whole, decimal or fraction, tens, hundreds or thousands, a square root or not, or it is divisible by a particular number.
SCIENCE - Assign animals, plants, simple machines, weather or types of rock instead of word types.
GEOGRAPHY - Assign movement types to North, East, South, and West. Call out a state or country and have the students move based on where the state or country is compared to their current location.

Time:

10 minutes

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