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Take A Walk
Materials: media from Discovery Education, paper, writing utensils
- Choose Discovery Education media, such as a video segment, image, song, or reading passage, that relates to your unit of study.
- Preview the media and decide what content pieces are most important for students to know and understand.
- Share the media selection with students. Pause frequently to allow students to take notes on the most important information. Replay media, if necessary.
- Once the media has been presented, have your students get up and move! Ask them to take a walk and discuss the most important parts of what they watched or heard. The walk can take place outside, in a multi-purpose room, or anywhere that is appropriate. Be sure the walk lasts long enough for students to engage in good conversation about the topic.
- Consider providing discussion prompts for students, to help them focus their conversations on your instructional goals.
- After returning to the classroom, have the students debrief in small groups or as a whole group.
Use the Take a Walk strategy to engage students in actively processing what they have learned. By doing this, you will help them to transfer new knowledge into long-term memory and also promote an awareness of how physical activity is important to boosting brain power!
- Ask students to talk with different people with each lap they take around the track, playground, or gym.
- Have students create a paper slide video or Board Builder project, based
on the information they have learned.
- Use this strategy as an end-of-unit review, by asking students to quiz each other or review concepts as they walk.