Write and count the room are fantastic activities for combining movement and learning, but having enough space can be challenging. Here is a great alternative for small spaces…
Research has been very clear… integrating movement and learning is greatly beneficial for students. Arranging your classroom schedule to include movement will help with attending skills and behavior management as well as help students learn skills better.
One of my favorite ways to build movement into my teaching is through count the room and write the room activities. We do both types during each and every theme unit because they are research supported and my students LOVE them so much.
If you have a small space or are only doing the activity with a small group in your classroom, you can easily adapt this activity with a sensory bin (see below).
You can still use the 2 different levels of recording sheets (for writers and non-writers) when you switch to the sensory bin. I especially like to be able to have mixed ability groups using the same materials… who has time to find extra materials?! The example above is from our school theme unit.
Don’t forget… you can do write the room and count the room for pretty much any skill. We even do it for to help us learn the vocabulary in our science units.
Want to learn more ideas and tips for getting students moving? Read: Put research Into Practice By Building In Movement.