Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies



First Advisor

Paoze Thao


Adequate amounts of research on the quantity of sedentary time students spend in classrooms has been directed throughout recent years, raising much concern. The concept of educational instruction and physical movement coinciding with each other throughout the school day has been seen in a positive light. The public education system continuously strives to implement the most effective practices to ensure appropriate development of student learning. Schools constantly yearn to create ample opportunities for children that show progress in the improvement of cognitive behavior. This senior capstone examines the benefits of implementing physical activity for elementary students in the classroom through the use of literature review, anonymous surveys with forty-five students, and anonymous surveys with four teachers as well. The result findings indicate that implementing physical activity in the classroom has been proven to benefit children’s physical well-being, mental health, and academic performance.

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