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"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far." -Thomas Jefferson

My goal is to introduce The Walking Classroom program to my fifth grade students to improve health literacy and build core content knowledge while addressing different learning styles. I am asking for a donor to provide a classroom set of materials (which includes 30 audio players, called “WalkKits”, and a Teacher’s Guide) costs $3000. I would share the materials with another class, and then reuse the materials year after year. Amortized over three years, a classroom set shared among 2 classes ends up being about a $17 donation per child.

The children and I would be incredibly grateful if you would consider purchasing a tax-deductible set of Walking Classroom materials on our behalf. I would of course acknowledge your gift on my school website as well as in notes home to parents. Plus, you could join us for a walk anytime you like!

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Walk. Listen. Learn.

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School:
McMullen Booth Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Erin Frazier 
 
Fifth Grade Team 
Students Impacted:
120 
Grade:
Date:
June 16, 2015

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - Tag - $750.00

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Goal

"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far." -Thomas Jefferson

My goal is to introduce The Walking Classroom program to my fifth grade students to improve health literacy and build core content knowledge while addressing different learning styles. I am asking for a donor to provide a classroom set of materials (which includes 30 audio players, called “WalkKits”, and a Teacher’s Guide) costs $3000. I would share the materials with another class, and then reuse the materials year after year. Amortized over three years, a classroom set shared among 2 classes ends up being about a $17 donation per child.

The children and I would be incredibly grateful if you would consider purchasing a tax-deductible set of Walking Classroom materials on our behalf. I would of course acknowledge your gift on my school website as well as in notes home to parents. Plus, you could join us for a walk anytime you like!  

 

What will be done with my students

The Walking Classroom program utilizes pre-recorded educational and entertaining audio segments that students listen to on individual players as they walk in a group (usually outside) during the regular school day. The program comes with an extensive Teacher’s Guide so that before and after each half-hour walk, I can integrate and synthesize the material the students will have learned while walking. The program is directly aligned to our curriculum standards and provides wonderful supplementary information for students.

The podcasts are directly aligned to the 4th and 5th grade English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. Most podcasts last about 15 minutes, and each podcast is supported by an extensive lesson plan which includes a comprehension quiz.

I will be able to use Running Records, FAIR Testing, Module Assessments, and FSA Results to gather and track academic progress information throughout the school year - and years to follow. 

 

Benefits to my students

I originally learned about the program from a website: www.thewalkingclassroom.org. The featured school started using the program and almost immediately noticed a positive difference in their students. During and after the walks, lethargic students woke up, hyperactive students calmed down, and all of the students were in much brighter moods and more focused throughout the rest of the day. Students thought that “they were getting out of something” by going for regular walks during the regular school day, but in fact, they were getting so much more. Not only were they listening and learning while they walked, their attitudes about exercise improved, their overall health improved, and students who previously were not engaged in the regular classroom began to participate regularly in discussions and classroom activities after walking. The academic gains among previously struggling students were remarkable.

There is a great deal of evidence positively linking exercise and cognitive function. Here are some key findings:

The most comprehensive review of the published literature on exercise and academic performance to date, published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found: “The majority of these articles (86%) found at least one positive association with academic behavior outcomes. Given these findings, physical activity interventions may offer one approach to improving academic behaviors (e.g., classroom conduct) in some youth.” 1

A significant positive relationship … between physical activity and cognitive function in children aged 4-18 years. [P]hysical activity improves a youth's perceptual skills, intelligence quotient, achievement, verbal tests, mathematic tests, developmental level and academic readiness. 2

Findings with brain function in youth clearly indicate that exercise early in a person's life can be of great magnitude for the improvement of cognitive health during childhood and this may extend throughout one's adult lifespan. 3

1 The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance; (CDC 2011)

2 Sibley BA, Etnier JL. The relationship between physical activity and cognition in children: A meta-analysis. Pediatric Exercise Science 2003; 15:243-256.

3 Hillman, C.H., Erickson, K.I, and Kramer, A. F. (2008). Be smart, exercise your heart: exercise effects on brain and cognition. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 9(1), 58-65.
 

 

Describe the Students

My students for the 2015-16 school year will include a mixture of ESE struggling students (including Varying Exceptionalities and Autism Spectrum Disorder) along with an academically mixed general education population (high/avg/low). I have not been able to access IEPs and 504s; however, I feel this program could be most beneficial for ALL of my students - for years to come.  

 

Budget Narrative

A classroom set of materials (which includes 30 audio players, called “WalkKits”, and a Teacher’s Guide) costs $3000. I would share the materials with another class, and then reuse the materials year after year. Amortized over three years, a classroom set shared among 2 classes ends up being about a $17 donation per child.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 WalkKits (30 audio players) $1,500.00
2 Teacher's Guide (free with WalkKits) $0.00
  Total: $1,500.00

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