Skillastics®® activities provide opportunities to integrate academics with physical movement or activities. To accomplish this, classroom teach would need a list of the Skillastics®® activities with a short description on how to perform that activity. Also, the teacher can incorporate these activities throughout the day. The basic concept is for the students do one of the Skillastics®® activities for a period of time, which is then followed by a brief math or language arts exercise before the next Skillastics® activity takes place. Here are a few ideas of how to incorporate math into Skillastics® activities:
To incorporate language arts, give students some time to write a short paragraph that describes what they enjoyed about playing the game. Or, each team/group writes a brief description on how the Skillastics® game is played.
Classroom teachers can use Skillastics® activities not only as a tool to provide movement in the classroom but also to integrate academics and movement. Provide a list of the Skillastics® activities and a short description of each activity to classroom teachers. They then can use them throughout the day. For example, they can have their students do one of the Skillastics® activities for 30 seconds then give them a math problem to solve while they are standing beside their desk. The teacher can call out a Skillastics® activity, have the students roll two dice and either add or multiply the numbers to know how many times to do the activity.
These are just a few ideas on how to integrate academics with the Skillastics® activities to reinforce the connection between movement and academics. Below are two quotes that support the fact that physical activity can improve academic performance.
Sandy Slade is the CEO & Founder of Skillastics®, the #1 large group physical activity resource. Skillastics® makes it easy to organize, motivate, and engage students to move, learn, and love it. Skillastics® is an innovative technique of play designed around an oversize mat where up to 100 children can play at one time. There are 13 different Skillastics® Activity Kit themes, ranging from general fitness, sport skill development, character enhancement, and academic integration, including STEM and nutrition. The newest layer of Skillastics® resources includes 30-Day Virtual Physical Activity programs, including Fitness, Martial Arts, and Yoga.
Skillastics® is enjoyed by over 10 million students in more than 25,000 Physical Education and After School settings nationwide.