Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


A common goal among teachers is to create an environment within their classrooms in which students are actively engaged in the subject matter presented. Through observation locally, we acknowledged a significant amount of first grade teachers use calming activities, such as reading, directly following recess. Unfortunately, first grade students' short attention spans limit their focus on activities of this sort. It has been proven that movement based education engages students, promotes healthy lifestyles, assists students in retaining knowledge, and intrinsically motivates students. For our Senior Capstone Project, we created a manual of movement based activities innovatively addressing effectively transitioning first grade students from recess to academia. Our manual consists of twenty-five movement based activities, designed to be five to fifteen minutes in length. Each activity meets the California State Standards and physical developmental benchmarks for first grade students. Through implementing a selection of our activities in local first grade classrooms, we found they engaged learners within the boundaries of state standards.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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