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What are ways I can plan social studies lessons to include kinesthetic learners?

Oct 28, 2015 10:44am

I've been able to plan lessons that meet the needs of most of my different types of learners, but aside from standing and moving to different groups, I'm worried that my kinesthetic learners aren't having their needs met. I've thought about including some of Empress Elisabeth's workouts when we begin WWI and Hapsburg content, but I would love to hear more ideas!

  • Social Studies
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  • Class Culture / Differentiation / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Oct 28, 2015 11:31am

      You had prolly thought about re-enactments which can be a good opportunity for collaboration with some drama teacher. I'm no SS buff but that's something a kinesthetic learner can sink his teeth into.

      • Oct 29, 2015 1:32pm

        To piggy back on Michael's idea I would work with another teacher in your building to develop a cross-curricular unit.

        An example: Cold War
        Language Arts: Read/Watch Rocket Boys
        Math/Science: Design and launch simple water or air propelled rockets.
        Art: Form and function of a rocket fuselage

        Over the course of my career, I have combined classes with virtually every subject area within my school. We tear down the walls, share the kids and co-teach. This gives us greater flexibility provides an immersive experience for the students. This reinforcement allows for a much greater level of retention.

        Even if you have to go it alone, continue to give us topics and hopefully, we will be able to provide some ideas.

        Back to your original question: I like the workout idea. I would also consider highlighting some of the inventions from WW1. Air Traffic Control for a quick example. Have the students develop a nonverbal communication system to help one student (representing an airplane) move to a different location in room. The complicate the system by simultaneously guiding 2 airplanes, etc.

        • Nov 12, 2015 6:09pm

          I'm also going to piggy back on Michael's to your Drama teacher! I'm currently the Speech and Drama teacher at my school and I absolutely love working with other teachers to help their subjects come alive for their kids. I've written readers theatre pieces for teachers, simple scenes, reinactment scenes, you name it! Chances are high that your site Drama specialist will have some excellent resources and ideas :)

          • Nov 24, 2015 2:19pm

            Thanks, everyone! Even if I cannot directly collaborate with another teacher, I can definitely get some pointers on developing a skit or reenactment in class. I really appreciate the ideas!