Classroom Lessons Combined With Physical Activity Improve Test Scores!
According to a new study conducted by a team of researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital, a combination of physical activity programs and classroom lessons helped in improving the test scores of children.
For the study, an academically low scoring elementary school situated in Charleston was selected. Students from first to sixth grade were recruited for the study.
Just before the study began, the students attended a ‘40 minute per week’ physical education classes and participated in the study 5 days a week, 40 minutes per day.
While learning basic academic skills, children from 1st and 2nd grades learned movement skills that were developmentally appropriate. For example: Sitting on scooters, they traced shapes and named the colors on rungs while hopping through the ladders.
Similarly, 3rd to 6th grade students were given access to TV monitors fitted exercise equipment. For example: As the student ran on a treadmill the monitor fitted to it displayed geography lessons.
After this program, 68.5% of the students reached their goals on the state tests when compared to 55% of them before the program began.