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Service Learning - part 1

I haven't been posting much lately because we've been so busy working on our Service Learning Project!
Around the World with Fitness
We're building a fitness trail!!

Earlier this year, one of my team members & I attended a Learn & Serve training.
Learn & Serve offers a unique opportunity for students to get involved in their community in a tangible way by integrating service projects with classroom learning. My teacher friend & I came away from the training with lots of ideas & lots of motivation.

Our school community is for the most part isolated. There is little opportunity/facilities for families to participate in structured fitness activities. Also, given that our community has seen a very rapid increase in hispanic population, we wanted to do something that would help teach a bit about other cultures.

SO....we designed and are building a fitness trail in which the activities are based on games played by children from around the world.

My kiddos have done such a great job on this, and learned so much! I LOVE how skills are so integrated into projects & that the kids are so engaged in their learning because of the projects.

I'll share more detail later, but here is the first step in the process:

1. We went on a field trip to the National Institute for Fitness & Sports, & used that as our launch pad for the project.

We held a meeting the next day & talked about the things they liked, & then guided the conversation.

"Too bad we can't do something like that here at school....."
"We can, Mrs. Frady!"
It was so exciting to hear their ideas & see their little minds just whirring away.


  1. We created service learning projects as part of one of my college courses, The Community: An Educational Resource. The project I made was a community garden, and now that I will have a class in the fall, I really hope I can integrate service-learning projects! My students live in a small, isolated town, and I think it would really help broaden their world perspectives. I would love to learn about other teachers who have done this successfully!

    Magnificent Multiagers!

  2. This ia wonderful! I wish you the best of luck!

  3. What a wonderful thing! I am a new follower!

  4. Wow! What a great project! I love activities that kiddos up and moving.

    Stay and Play

  5. What a fantastic and inclusive activity. It sounds like you did a wonderful job. :)

    I have been looking for a reason to use that LD clip art. When I saw it on here, I jumped because it is so darling. :)

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  6. What a great idea! We have those facilities, but our families don't use them :(


  7. This is a great idea and a great way to teach students at a young age about the joys of helping others. Very excited for you!

  8. What a wonderful idea. How great to be a part of this.
    - Sydney
    Lessons Learned

  9. 4 years ago I became a part of a group of teachers chosen for our Character Education grant for our county. Part of this grant was learning how to create service learning products, not as easy as some may think. Thank you so much for sharing this idea, it is a great way to get everyone involved. I am going to really think about doing something like this for the upcoming school year. You are amazing!

  10. I've been following your site for awhile! Love it! You have such good ideas!

  11. We just paved our fitness trail and it is so great to walk on. In March, we do a March Madness Marathon. The whole school gets involved. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Your service project sounds really neat! I try to do some type of service projects for kids and the community. It always amazes me how much the kids learn and take away from projects.
    Good Luck!

    kellybrown28021 at att dot net

  13. Wow! Super cool! I would love to get my kids involved in something like this.

    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

  14. How cool of an idea! Such a great thing you are doing for the school and community!

  15. What a fabulous project to be part of!!!