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Project Proposal

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Movement and learning

I hear and I forget.

I see and I remember.

I do and I understand!


  • Identify the cognitive connection to movement and leaning
  • Addressing childhood obesity
  • Offering effective movement strategies within the confines of the classroom
  • Offering resources for teachers and providers

Needs Assessment

1. Instructional problem:

(1) Movement is essential to learning yet children are expected to sit still to learn. The part of the brain that controls movement is the same part that’s processing learning so we need to include movement in our curriculum. (2) Childhood obesity rates continue to grow as we become a more sedentary society.

2. The nature of what is to be learned:

How to provide a healthy environment for children. How to include movement within the existing curriculum and time frame. How to help children with the growing obesity problem by providing healthy information and choices.

3. About the learners:

The learners are early elementary teachers and daycare facilities whose children are in classroom settings; Adults who interact with children everyday and are responsible for their learning and growth. The learners will be motivated to find ways to foster learning while providing fitness and a healthy environment.

4. Instructional content:

Each unit will begin with a general overview and a list of objectives. It will include classroom movement activities, links to related web sites and additional resources. Each unit will have a write-up of reliable statistics and information. It will provide obesity prevention tips as well as nutritional links.


By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify major effects movement has on cognitive function.
  • Adopt a healthy student enviroment through movement and nutrition.
  • Create movement activities that can be performed in the classroom.
  • Implement movement and nutrition activities in existing curriculum.
  • Use links to obtain relevant informational material and studies.

Task Analysis

General Outcomes:

At the end of the unit participants will have a better understanding of the positive effects of physical movements for both learning and physical health. Participants will understand the rising obesity problems plaguing today’s students. Participants will also learn how to implement a healthy atmosphere in their classrooms.

Performance Objectives:

By Completion of this course, participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the benefits of movement in both cognitive abilities and physical health
  • Learn how to facilitate healthy choices for students in classroom.
  • Discover how to incorporate movement in the classroom; coexist with curriculum.
  • Create opportunities for student awareness.
  • Design and implement healthy activities.


Essential Prerequisites:

  • knowledge of healthy child environment
  • ability to use a computer to access the internet and navigate websites
  • ability to engage children
  • ability to understand the importance of children’s health
  • ability to facilitate learning and provide student support
  • ability to identify student limitations

Supporting Prerequisites:

  • positive attitude toward a healthy environment
  • genuine concern for children’s overall well being
  • positive attitude toward physical movement and healthful foods
  • willingness to learn and explore activities
  • willingness to incorporate technology into the classroom

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ETAP 623 Fall 2009

Movement in Learning

Curriculum Map 1