Combatting Classroom Winter Blahs

Mar 2, 2017

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Delsia Malone

Students in many states face the winter blues after being kept indoors due to frigid temperatures and snow. Teachers have the task to find creative ways to help the students remain cheerful, get in those daily steps, and to keep the learning interesting. This blog post will share ways to beat the winter blues based on tips I’ve thought up and tips gathered from the #dojochat on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

  • Put a fake fireplace on the projection screen. Do a creative activity around the “fire”.
  • Tell jokes.
  • Move the desks and tables in classrooms back for an engaging session with @GoNoodle for movement.
  • Dance to music.
  • Write a teacher directed task on a sheet of paper. Ball the paper to create snowballs. Toss up and find matching snowballs.
  • Student karaoke.
  • A relay race in the school’s hallway.
  • A scavenger run.
  • Recess.
  • Physical education exercises
  • Yoga
  • Participate in #GlobalPlayDay
  • Go for a walk around the campus.
  • Take a walk after lunch.
  • Have students use numbered cubes to roll. They then create and take number of moves according to number on dice.
  • Use the MoveIt Chrome extension
  • Project a beach scene and have students toss around and catch a blown up beach ball. The color their right hand lands on determines the index card stack he/she will pull from to determine their command. (Teacher will need multiple colors of index cards and will write simple commands on the index cards.) To be sure everyone gets a turn, have students sit down after they’ve had a turn.

Relaxing Beach Scene (with flute music)

Be sure to check out Wonders #1726, 802, and 805. I have also posted a lesson and resource related to snow/winter here on the WonderGround (create a snow gauge or stir up some classroom cocoa)

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