Movement Across the Curriculum Physical Education Blog_Page_23

Physical activity is good for brain, feeding it Glucose & Oxygen all of which make easier for Children of all ages learn & memorize. This is a warm up I used for my second grade a couple years ago.  Mr. Casey, the second grade teacher, was telling me that the class was having a difficult time with spelling in general.  I started warming the class up with jumping rope while they individually spelled the spelling words as a warm up; and Mr. Casey began working on spelling in the classroom immediately follwoing physical education.  I checked in with Mr. Casey each morning I taught the second grade, got the spelling words and then posted them on a PowerPoint slide or if we were outside, on a big white board.  The second grade actually performed the best, on average, of any class Mr. Casey had in his years of teaching!

More Rhythm and Spelling activities from:

  • Hula Hoop and spell words out loud.
  • Hopscotch Spelling – Write letters outside in chalk or play indoors with large letter cards on floor. Hop from letter to letter to spell words.
  • Bounce a Ball – bounce a ball as you spell words – 1 bounce per letter.
  • Balloon Bop – keep a balloon up in the air while spelling your word. This one gets lots of giggles.
  • Froggy Spelling – leap like a frog and spell words – 1 letter for each leap.
  • Jumpin’ Jack – do jumping jacks as you spell words – 1 jump per letter
  • Hop & Spell – hop on one foot as you spell words, this is a great exercise in balance especially with longer words.