Lower Elementary
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Engaging Students in Meaningful Structured and Free Play

Playing and learning are not separate entities, especially to children aged three to five. At a young age, play is absolutely indispensable to the formation of healthy cognitive development and fine motor skills. Teaching students to play, especially in an imaginative manner that challenges their thought processes is a necessary step towards creating an inquisitive pupil.
A Collection By Katelyn Ringrose
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Engaging Students in Meaningful Structured and Free Play
  • performancepyramid.miamioh.edu
    performancepyramid.miamioh.edu

    Importance of Play in the Early Childhood Classroom

    10 minute read
    Katelyn Ringrose says:
    Pearson's paper on the importance of play differentiates play into two categories: free play and structured, or guided, play. Both types stimulate brain development and are essential for creating a holistic understanding of class material.
  • naeyc.org
    naeyc.org

    Research News You Can Use: Debunking the Play vs. Learning Dichotomy

    5 minute read
    Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This NAEYC article highlights the importance of a play based learning system for children under the age of eight. It stresses the cruciality of meaningful play in a classroom setting.
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    The possibilities for fun and learning are endless with this set. The circuit boards are colorful and allow young students the ability to design electrical systems on their own. What a great way to inspire passion about science!
  • blogs.edweek.org
    blogs.edweek.org

    Improving Reading by Playing With Words: Four Classroom Activities

    5 minute read
    Katelyn Ringrose says:
    These four classroom play activities, designed by Timothy Rasinski, facilitate student involvement with vocabulary and strengthen memory. My students love vocabulary games, and these games help them excel at reading, writing and speaking. I really enjoyed this article since it put me directly into Rasinski's classroom.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Using Games for Assessment

    5 minute read
    Katelyn Ringrose says:
    Using games for student assessment is fun for the student and the teacher! My students absolutely love playing games, and being able to observe how they interact with each other and the game helps me ascertain their understanding of course material. This Edutopia resource (a video and article) is extremely helpful for building a lesson plan around play!
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    Kristin's method of teaching students to approach issues six different ways (with the cube method) is amazing! It helped my students visualize learning, and allowed them a healthy way to play in the classroom. Creating the modge podge cube was also extremely fun!
  • Koosh Ball Sight Words

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    exchange.smarttech.com
    exchange.smarttech.com
    Katelyn Ringrose says:
    Koosh Ball Morning Play is my student's favorite time of the day. We pass the ball and tell each other good morning, and discuss new words we have learned. This gives the students time to share new vocabulary and practice their speaking skills. Plus it's a lot of fun!
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    My students absolutely love this game, it rewards mathematical accomplishments with points in a Baseball game. I can also walk around the classroom and gauge how my students are doing, while they interact and ask their peers for help.
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