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AUGUST 2016 THE 5A MONTHLY News & Happenings from Miss Aron’s Classroom Oak Elementary School,
AUGUST 2016
THE 5A MONTHLY
News & Happenings from
Miss Aron’s Classroom
Oak Elementary School, Room 23
Email: aronemil@msu.edu
Focus on Physical Activity & Academic Performance:
Upcoming Classroom Events
Introduction
August 30 th : “Meet My Family & I”
Sheet Due  September 5 th : Labor Day (No School)  September 7 th
Sheet Due
 September 5 th : Labor Day (No
School)
 September 7 th : Curriculum Night
 September 14 th : Field Trip to Uncle
John’s Cider Mill
What’s Happening in the
Classroom?
Reading: Short Stories by
Various Authors
 Writing: Persuasive Essays
 Math: Multiplication Tables
 Science: Health & Nutrition
 Social Studies: American
Revolution
Melissa: 8/5 Kyle: 8/22
Melissa: 8/5
Kyle: 8/22
Studies: American Revolution Melissa: 8/5 Kyle: 8/22 What does concentration, memory, classroom behavior, and
What does concentration, memory, classroom behavior, and self-esteem have to do with physical activity (PA)?
What does concentration, memory, classroom behavior, and self-esteem have
to do with physical activity (PA)? Well, according to many studies, PA benefits many
parts of your child’s regular daily life! In class this past week, we have started to talk
about how a healthy and active lifestyle can help a student’s school performance. For
example, the increasing trend of overweightness and obesity in children poses serious
health issues. The risk of heart disease and high blood pressure increases, while
cognitive development is negatively impacted (Castelli, Glowacki, Barcelona, Calvert, &
Hwang, 2015, p. 1). On the other hand, PA positively impacts cognitive development.
The brain helps in learning as it does important functions like retrieve stored memory,
which helps students recall information.
As a tie-in to demonstrate the importance of maintaining healthy habits, I
have led students through class lessons that involve light PA to get the blood
pumping throughout the school day! Over the next few monthly newsletters, I will
provide more information on PA’s impact on academic success. Look forward to
briefs on:
 Physical education
 PA during the school day
 PA after the school day
 Importance of walking
SEPTEMBER 2016 T HE 5A M ONTHLY News & Happenings from Miss Aron’s Classroom Oak
SEPTEMBER 2016
SEPTEMBER 2016

THE 5A MONTHLY

News & Happenings from Miss Aron’s Classroom

Oak Elementary School, Room 23 Email: aronemil@msu.edu

Upcoming Classroom Events

 September 5 th : Labor Day (No School)  September 7 th : Curriculum
 September 5 th : Labor Day (No
School)
 September 7 th : Curriculum Night
 September 14 th : Field Trip to Uncle
John’s Cider Mill
 September 30 th : Health Logs Due
What’s Happening in the
Classroom?
Reading: Johnny Tremain by
Esther Forbes
 Writing: Persuasive Essays
 Math: Multiplication Methods
 Science: Health & Nutrition
 Social Studies: American
Revolution Skits
Ali: 9/2 Michelle: 9/8 Shreya: 9/15 Dave: 9/21
Ali: 9/2
Michelle: 9/8
Shreya: 9/15
Dave: 9/21

Focus on Physical Activity & Academic Performance:

Physical Education

In fifth grade, your child is getting physical education (PE) 3 days a week for
In fifth grade, your child is getting physical education (PE) 3 days a week for
40 minutes. Across the state and the country, however, youngsters are in PE for less
and less time. The current trend for PE programs in schools is that many programs
are being eliminated at a certain grade and daily participation in programs decreases
over the grades (Coe, Pivarnik, Womack, Reeves, & Malina, 2006, p. 1515). This means
that out of the 6 to 8 hours that elementary students are in school, they are getting
little scheduled PE, so less time for physical activity (PA). During the time for PE, less
than half of it is on moderate to vigorous PA*, which as covered earlier, are the levels
needed to support cognitive functions and academic success. To conclude, studies
have even noticed that “increased time devoted to physical education does not
decrease academic achievement” (Donnelly & Lambourne, 2011, p. 38).
So why do students need PE in the schools?
 PA allows for “increased arousal and reduced boredom” (Coe et al., 2006, p.
1515)
 Increased concentration from activities involving coordination
 Increased attention span
 Improved cognitive ability
 Releases beneficial hormones like endorphins and dopamine
 Generates energy that can be directed positively toward academic
performance
*Health guidelines recommend 20 minutes/day for at least 3 days/week for vigorous PA & 30
minutes/day for at least 5 days/week for moderate PA
OCTOBER 2016 T HE 5A M ONTHLY News & Happenings from Miss Aron’s Classroom Oak
OCTOBER 2016
OCTOBER 2016

THE 5A MONTHLY

News & Happenings from Miss Aron’s Classroom

Oak Elementary School, Room 23 Email: aronemil@msu.edu

Upcoming Classroom Events

 October 10 th : Columbus Day (No School)  October 20 th : Meet
 October 10 th : Columbus Day
(No School)
 October 20 th : Meet the Artist
 October 31 st : Halloween Party
What’s Happening in the
Classroom?
Reading: Analyzing Pink and
Say by Patricia Polacco
 Writing: Peer Editing Stories
 Math: Word Problems
 Science: Digestive System
 Social Studies: Civil War
Joyce: 10/2 Kiki: 10/5 Sam: 10/25
Joyce: 10/2
Kiki: 10/5
Sam: 10/25

Focus on Physical Activity & Academic Performance:

Physical Activity during the School Day

Within the six hour school day, there are many ways that kids can get physically
Within the six hour school day, there are many ways that kids can get
physically active beyond just during physical education. In fact, it is often the case that
“providing physical activity for students is in line with schools’ academic mission”
(Castelli, Glowacki, Barcelona, Calvert, & Hwang, 2015, p. 2). Teachers generally are
“willing to integrate physical activity into grade level-specific lessons” (Castelli et al.,
2015, p. 3). This increases a child’s weekly amount of physical activity (PA), which has
health benefits—then, due to this PA, attentiveness can increase, which helps in
classroom productivity. Even after just one session of PA, “children can increase their
attention and memory, and reduce inappropriate behavior” (Castelli et al., 2015, p. 3)
which allows for a more focused class time.
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I have been teaching classroom lessons while incorporating PA, due to the
health and academic benefits shown through research. Many of my lessons are
inspired by the program Physical Activity Across the Curriculum (PAAC). The program
has seen significant improvements made in reading, math, and spelling scores by
students in PAAC classrooms. By replicating their curriculum ideas, I hope to grow the
academic performance of your child even more!
NOVEMBER 2016 T HE 5A M ONTHLY News & Happenings from Miss Aron’s Classroom Oak
NOVEMBER 2016
NOVEMBER 2016

THE 5A MONTHLY

News & Happenings from Miss Aron’s Classroom

Oak Elementary School, Room 23 Email: aronemil@msu.edu

Upcoming Classroom Events

 November 1 st : Dia de los Muertos Event  November 11 th :
 November 1 st : Dia de los Muertos
Event
 November 11 th : Veterans Day (No
School)
 November 17 th : Meet the Artist
 November 23 rd -25 th : Thanksgiving
Break (No School)
What’s Happening in the
Classroom?
 Reading: Book Reports  Writing: Narrative Essays  Math: Division Methods  Science: Circulatory
 Reading: Book Reports
 Writing: Narrative Essays
 Math: Division Methods
 Science: Circulatory System
 Social Studies: 19 th Century
America
Sasha: 11/5
Rhea: 11/7
Ben: 11/15
Alex: 11/22
Mia: 11/28

Focus on Physical Activity & Academic Performance:

Physical Activity after the School Day

Physical activity (PA) has been incorporated into our school through active academic lessons and physical
Physical activity (PA) has been incorporated into our school through active
academic lessons and physical education classes. While this contributes to improving
student health and class performance, research suggests that after school and
weekend PA programs are optimal to higher academic performance. The amount of
vigorous exercise needed to impact academics is found in programs like FITKids or
extracurricular sports. As Coe, Pivarnik, Womack, Reeves, and Malina (2006) remark,
children who either performed some or met Healthy People 2010 guidelines for
vigorous activity had significantly higher grades than students who did not perform
vigorous activity. If you are looking for ways to get your child involved in sports, I
would recommend reviewing your park district’s program guide or looking online for
local sports clubs!
What are some ways that extracurricular PA can benefit academics?
 Students in FITKids report improved working
memory
 Team sports can increase a student’s
task orientation
 Team sports can lead to a higher
retention rate
 Team sports can lead students to
“a greater engagement with their
institution” (Trudeau & Shephard,
2008, p. 7)
 Sports have both significant
physical and mental benefits!
They can lead to more motivation
both in school and in life
DECEMBER 2016 T HE 5A M ONTHLY News & Happenings from Miss Aron’s Classroom Oak
DECEMBER 2016
DECEMBER 2016

THE 5A MONTHLY

News & Happenings from Miss Aron’s Classroom

Oak Elementary School, Room 23 Email: aronemil@msu.edu

Upcoming Classroom Events

 December 5 th -9 th : Book Fair  December 15 th : Meet
 December 5 th -9 th : Book Fair
 December 15 th : Meet the Artist
 December 21 st : Holiday Party
 December 24 th -January 8 th :
Holiday Break (No School)
What’s Happening in the
Classroom?
Reading: Book Club
Presentations
 Writing: Peer Editing Narratives
 Math: Creating Math Problems
 Science: Respiratory System
 Social Studies: 19 th Century
America
Elise: 12/2 Lea: 12/10 Matthew: 12/13
Elise: 12/2
Lea: 12/10
Matthew: 12/13

Focus on Physical Activity & Academic Performance:

Walking

In the Healthy People 2010 guidelines, which outlines ways to prevent certain health risks and
In the Healthy People 2010 guidelines, which outlines ways to prevent certain
health risks and sets public health goals for schools, it points out the benefit of walking
to school (McKenzie & Kahan, 2008, p. 173). Walking is the ultimate physical activity
(PA) because it is a low aerobic exercise that has many health benefits, such as
reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, decreasing the risk of heart disease, and
increasing weight loss. Your fifth grader has low aerobic capacity, so walking is an
appropriate PA since it is low impact, low intensity, but high volume and can burn lots
of calories! A great way to track walking is by using pedometers. These are a valid
and reliable way to record steps—our classroom has enjoyed using them during
physical education (PE) class!
In addition to the health benefits of walking, this PA can contribute to
academic performance. The aerobic exercise of walking helps to “improve the
cognitive control of attention…increasing attention and academic performance”
(Hillman et al., 2009, p. 1044), as shown through improved reading comprehension
assessments taken after exercising. Walking to or from school, during PE, and during
PA breaks throughout the school day can thus benefit our students and prepare them
for better success in the classroom!
Some fun ways to walk at home:
 Dog walk
 Nature walk
 I Spy walk

References

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education: Growing evidence on physical activity and academic performance. Active

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activelivingresearch.org/sites/default/files/ALR_Brief_ActiveEducation_Jan2015.pdf

Coe, D. P, Pivarnik, J.M., Womack, C. J., Reeves, M. J., Malina, R. M. (2006). Effect of

physical education and activity levels on academic achievement in children. Medicine &

Science in Sports & Exercise, 1515-1519. Retrieved from

wafapower.com/scienceresearch/PE_academic_achievement.pdf

Donnelly, J. E., & Lambourne, K. (2011). Classroom-based physical activity, cognition, and

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sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743511000491

Hillman, C. H., Pontifex, M. B., Raine, L. B., Castelli, D. M., Hall, E. E., & Kramer, A. F.

(2009). The effect of acute treadmill walking on cognitive control and academic

achievement in preadolescent children. Neuroscience, 159(3), 1044-1054. Retrieved from

sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306452209001171

McKenzie T. L., & Kahan, D. (2008). Physical activity, public health, and elementary schools.

The Elementary School Journal, 108(3), 171-180. Retrieved from

jstor.org/stable/10.1086/529100

Trudeau, F., & Shephard, R. J. (2008). Physical education, school physical activity, school sports

and academic performance. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical

Activity, 5(10), 1-12. Retrieved from

ijbnpa.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1479-5868-5-10