Whether your students are lethargic or super-charged, adding movement to your lesson plans will help to solve both issues. Not only is it healthy to move throughout the day, but it can also help students focus and become more engaged with the content they are trying to master. Due to the nature of English classes, ELA students often find themselves needing to sit to read or write for long periods of time. Therefore, finding ways to add movement in your English literature class is especially important. Here are some ideas for adding movement in the classroom.
Games are by far one of my favorite ways to add movement in middle and high school classrooms. We play truth or dare, dice games, speed dating, three truths and a lie, and so on. I use games as station activities, practice opportunities, and review lessons. Students appreciate the opportunity to move around and be creative, and teachers are grateful for a meaningful lesson they don’t have to grade. Games bring vocabulary, grammar, writing, poetry, and figurative language to life!
You can find lots of vocabulary game ideas from Melissa’s blog post here: 5 Vocabulary Activities for Older Students and for some more ELA game inspiration, check out Melissa’s bundle here: ELA Games
If you need even more vocabulary game ideas, you can also check out my post here: How and Why to Use Word Walls with Older Students
5. Public Speaking Practice- Certainly, students will move with public speaking activities. Because of the nature of speeches, students will be up, moving, and gesticulating. Check out these low-key and fun activities that will get students moving from Lauralee at Language Arts Classroom: Public Speaking Activities . In addition, if you want students engaged with teaching others, try this free public speaking activity where movement and tone influence the message: Free Public Speaking Activity for Tone