My students love school! They want to do their best every day when they walk into our classroom, but they face many obstacles that most people never have to deal with in their entire lives. My students live in a large city and, unfortunately, in extreme poverty. The difficult economic conditions have caused many of my families to experience hardships that are tough to imagine. Families are struggling everywhere throughout the United States, but, for my students, it seems to be doubly tough.
Parents are not able to participate in their children's education as much as they would like due to their work schedules.
Many of these parents come home on the weekends after living elsewhere, wherever they can find some work. My students are being cared for by extended family, friends or even neighbors. My students are provided all their learning materials by me or the very generous people from DonorsChoose.org.
My students, along with all children their age, are fascinated by Fitbits. Staff members in the building all have one and we compete against each other in increasing our fitness goals each day, week, and month. They are extremely inquisitive and always asking who is ahead for the day or the week. The students are intrigued by this competitive nature and challenge each other by counting how many steps they take going to the Art Room, the lunchroom, and even to the classroom reading rug.
I teach first grade, and it is never too early to teach children about the advantages of physical activity and encourage a healthy way of life.
These Fitbits and the information they provide would also help my students with math and word problems. The students would be able to work in small groups and figure out how many more or less steps were taken the day before. They could problem solve and estimate how many steps it would take to get to different areas in the building. We could hold competitions for who took the most steps in a day or for the week. The possibilities are endless. The students could form teams and chart their daily or weekly progress.
Instead of trying to keep count of their steps that they take during the day, wouldn't it be wonderful if I could surprise them with Fitbits to use during the school day.
|Fitbit Charge HR, Blue, Small • Amazon Business||$129.99||3||$389.97|
|Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband, Slate, Small • Amazon Business||$109.95||3||$329.85|
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This classroom project was brought to life by Target and one other donor.