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Parts of Speech Fitness

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At my school, we do something called “Walk to Read.” This consists of students separating into groups for intensive reading instruction based on their own level. This system has proved to be extremely beneficial in reaching target struggle areas for students, and has helped every student gain reading progress.

Within my classroom, I have a LARGE group. At the beginning of the year, I was attempting to teach lessons to the group as a whole, but it didn’t work out as I had hoped. For one thing, I didn’t have enough desks in my classroom for the entire class, and it was difficult to manage.

One weekend, I decided to revamp my group. I separated students into five groups. Each group would rotate to a different center each day, leading to five centers a week. I had previously planned a vocabulary center, but the kids seemed to be growing bored with it.

I came up with the idea to incorporate a movement center into our instruction, taking the place of our vocabulary center.

Here’s how it works:

The students read a children’s picture book at the center. Students are put in charge of a part of speech: nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, contractions, and pronouns. They keep track of how many parts of speech they hear. For example, if I’m in charge of nouns, I heard 22 nouns on one page. After each page, the group does the actions that correspond with the part of speech.

This is how I’ve set it up:

  • Nouns: one jumping jack
  • Pronouns: one sit-up
  • Verbs: spin in a circle once
  • Contractions: balance one one leg for 5 seconds
  • Adjectives: 5 forward arm circles, 5 backward arm circles
  • Adverbs: 10 second plank

If the kids heard 3 adverbs, they would do a 30 second plank, 22 nouns would equal 22 jumping jacks, etc.

My students have LOVED this fitness movement center, and I am excited about getting them up and moving during the day.

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