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Carlean Jundt from Dickinson, North Dakota submitted these good ideas for K-8 classrooms.  

Like most gyms, our walls are constructed from concrete cinder blocks. Each year we look for ways to transform them into learning areas. Here are a few great ideas for turning your gym walls into an attractive part of your physical education program.

In The News: Each day I read the newspaper and look for articles or pictures of my students. I laminate and post them on the board for all the students and parents to see.

The Heart of the Matter: This statement is kept up all school year. During February, I have the students decorate their heart and post it on the wall. Another way I’ve used this is to list a number of activities on the heart and they keep track of the amount of time they spend on it for a 2-week period and have their parents sign it before it is posted.

Jefferson Students Take an Extra Step! This is an easy-to-do project that lists the names of the students who participate in physical activities outside of school. For example, each shoe represents a different sport or activity such as soccer, swimming, walking each day, gymnastics, basketball, etc. The names of the students are listed under the shoe that represents that activity.

Soap Signals: This was made from soap boxes and/or names of laundry detergents. �Whether you SURF upon the raging TIDE or DASH 100 meters, exercise is a GAIN for ALL and FABulously rewarding!�

ABC’s for Movement: We use this to help our K-2 students. We start at the beginning of the alphabet and post a letter; we then sound the letter, make the small and capital letter with our bodies and then think of an animal or way to move that begins with this letter. Trying to do one letter each week, we always review the letters that we’ve done.

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