Recess Ideas and Support
We all would generally agree that recess is good for kids. But, there is also science-backed evidence to support recess being part of the school day. Recess fosters social development, helps instill healthy habits at an early age, is good for brain development, and can improve classroom performance and behavior.
Recess Playbook: Recess Tools & Strategies and a Game Library!
Five quick games for easy recess:
Alternatives to Withholding Recess:
- Set up zones
- Restrict activity choices, not ALL physical activity
- Check-in, Check-out
- Invite students to "walk the perimeter"
• Map your playground. Think about recurring injuries or conflicts. Is one corner of the field always a muddy hazard? Do tag games spill into the basketball court? Mark spaces for popular games and spaces that are off-limits. Post a recess map and present it so students know their boundaries.
• Check your equipment. Pump up balls and inventory any supply needs.
• Set expectations.Fidget spinners? Pokemon Go? What should students not bring to the playground? Include a letter setting recess expectations in back-to-school packets or other parent communications.
• Consider introducing a “game of the week” during PE class, assemblies, or as an option at recess. Introducing games throughout the year helps kids discover new ways to have fun (and get their heart rates up!).
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