Capstone/Dissertation Title

How Incorporating Physical Activity and Movement into the Kindergarten Curriculum Will Help to Keep Students Engaged and Increase Their Academic Success

Term

Summer 8-13-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Vivian Johnson

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Stacy Langeberg

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Shannon Lee

Abstract

The research and curriculum writing that was done for this capstone answers the question of how incorporating physical activity and movement into the kindergarten will help to keep students engaged and increase their academic success. The current epidemic of childhood obesity and the push for all students to perform better on standardized tests lead to this capstone question. This capstone explores different ways to incorporate movement into the classroom to help students get the recommended sixty minutes of physical activity a day all while improving learning. It also explores other areas such as nutrition, breakfast in the classroom and different ways that schools can improve the health and well being of all their students. The curriculum that was written for this capstone uses movement in all academic areas throughout the entire day.

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