by Rochelle Tkach, OCT
What a way to introduce the new Ontario Health on Physical Education curriculum into Cube for Teachers but with three great resources on Daily Physical Activity (DPA).
For Kindergarten to Grade 8, GoNoodle is a website that provides tons of free videos to enhance movement breaks in your classroom. Movement breaks or “brain breaks” have been a trending component to teachers’ classroom routines. Daily Physical Activity (DPA) is further a specific curriculum expectation in the Ontario Health and Physical Education document. It is therefore crucial that educators find creative ways to incorporate movement into their daily schedules. GoNoodle has videos that range from energizers to de-energizers. There is everything from Zumba to Yoga to brain exercises for students to engage in depending on their energy levels. Discover more features about GoNoodle by reading the full review at Teaching with EdTech blog. This resource has also been recently shared in the Cube for Teachers database as a curriculum resource for Health and Physical Education.
For Kindergarten to Grade 3, Cosmic Kids is a YouTube channel that provides many fun and engaging Yoga videos for young students to follow. All Cosmic Kids videos are run by a fun and energetic Yoga instructor named Jamie. Through really cool backgrounds and animated features, Jamie takes students on an adventure through Yoga poses! Students follow the Yoga moves that correspond with different parts of Jamie’s stories. Therefore, students are not just following a Yoga instructor moving from one pose to the next. They are taken on a fun and interesting adventure and may not even realize they are doing Yoga! Cosmic Kids videos are highly interactive and engaging ways to incorporate Daily Physical Activity into your next lesson. Follow Cosmic Kids on YouTube. This resource has also been shared in the Cube for Teachers database as a curriculum resource for Health and Physical Education.
For Grades 4 to 8, Just Dance YouTube videos provide a fun and engaging way for older students to get moving during Daily Physical Activity! Based on the Just Dance game, the YouTube version of these videos are free and easy to follow. Although students cannot actually earn points through the YouTube version, these videos are still a really fun way to incorporate students’ love of trending music with really fun dance moves. Furthermore, the dancers are animated, which may be another way to enhance students’ engagement with digital technology. Follow Just Dance on YouTube. This resource has also been shared in the Cube for Teachers database as a curriculum resource for Health and Physical Education.
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