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This book is a guide to creating and using Kinesthetic Tools & Activities in teaching any subject, any grade, any age.

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Kinesthetic Learning Tools for Kinesthetic Teaching Activitiesby Marian H. Williams, Ph.D.

Kinesthetic Learning Tools-2007-Semester 071! Copyright, 2007


Dear Educator;One of the rst books that I remember loving was Miss Francis Ding Dong School Activity Book. It accompanied her TV show and the book was lled with do-it-yourself activities that could be made from things found around the house to create learning activities. I suppose that was the beginning of my passion and love of kinesthetic learning! Now, every time I walk in a discount store, auto supply store, hardware store, or garage sale, Im looking and thinking-How could I use that to teach? It is amazing the number of everyday items that are not meant to be teaching tools that make excellent items for teaching concepts in the classroom. My research into this topic has conrmed my own beliefs in the power of kinesthetic and active learning-it is being used across all age levels and all subject areas. My research has also conrmed my fears that, generally, there is a lack of creativity amongst most educators and a lack of trust in their own ability to pull off a silly or fun activity in their classroom while maintaining their sense of dignity and credibility. I have found that from adults to children, we all want to learn, but we also want to have fun and to be entertained. Teaching is an art-form, to which we must give in to with all the gusto and passion that we can evoke. It is an awesome responsibility, but the thrill and reward of waking up a brain to learning is well worth the risks of looking silly by playing a game to present a concept. I hope that by reading this book, you too, can get excited about thinking of a new way to use spaghetti, or swimming noodles, or a shower curtain in your classroom. Good luck, be brave and have fun!It is my belief that anything can be taught better by utilizing participatory maniuplatives and active learning, making learning fun. M. Williams, 2007

Marian H. Williams, Ph.D.

Oh to be childlike in our learning!

"The child is curious. He wants to make sense out of things, find out how things work, gain competence and control over himself and his environment, and do what he can see other people doing. He is open, perceptive, and experimental. He does not merely observe the world around him, he does not shut himself off from the strange, complicated world around him, but tastes it, touches it, hefts it, bends it, breaks it. To find out how reality works, he works on it. He is bold. He is not afraid of making mistakes. And he is patient. He can tolerate an extraordinary amount of uncertainty, confusion, ignorance, and suspense."John Holt, How Children Learn(Holt, 1991)

Kinesthetic Learning Tools-2007-Semester 071! Copyright, 2007


I hope that this book will:Give you an understanding of the power of kinesthetic learning Create, in you, a passion for teaching for real learning Inspire you to try new ideas and strategies in your classroom Give you courage to try those new ideas and strategies Make you think outside the box on what a learning tool is, looks like, and what it can be used for Give you the license to have fun in the classroom Unleash your creativity in designing new KLTs and KLAs Help you to see through new eyes-when you look at a simple item think, how could I use this to teach? Empower you to embrace the physicality of learning

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Thanks to the Creators!Semester 071Kinesthetic Learning Tools-2007-Semester 071! Copyright, 2007 4

My special thanks go to the following students, who worked tirelessly to come up with these amazing Games, Activities and MTPs (Manipulatives, Activities, & Props) for this book. All of these students were in my Learning Theory and Implementation class at Bond University in the Semester of 071. Thanks to each of you for your excellent contributions. Paul Agnew Sam Devine Sophie Dmitronow Pam Douglas Travis Dunn Jessica Fu Tracy-Ting Li Janette Liu Ellyse Malloney Ntsotiseng Mokhoabane Bree Noonan Caris Pratley Kerry Sanders Francesca Shepherd Sharn Treloar Rebecca Tsoulos Ashley Turner Bernadett Vigh Jing Jing Yu Bruce Zheng Zhang Meng Meng Zhao

A Teacher is a Creator of Learning!"The teacher sees the pallet of tools available as an artist might approach a studio: "how can these things enhance my creativity and effectiveness?" (Cambre & Hawkes, 2004).

A special thanks goes to Bruce - Zheng Zhang, who worked so hard on making all of these activities uniform, easy to read and above all-creative and fantastic-looking!

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How can this book help you? Provides manipulative activities that allow learners to discover concepts. Provides teachers with ideas that reinforce concepts presented in lessons. Provides easily prepared activities that require inexpensive (or free) materials, commonly found around the house or classroom

How to make the most of this book: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Use this book as the basis for a resource le of new ways to present old information. Allow yourself to be creative in the adaptation of each of the tools/activities in this book. As you think creatively, you will become more resourceful. The techniques in this book are designed to work with any age group or any subject area. Consider your audience. Think about every lesson you teach from their point of view what do they enjoy what would make this lesson enjoyable and fun for them? Add variety. Try to add variety to every lesson you teach the kids are guessing about what you're going to do that day will make it more interesting if you can add a new activity in every lesson that would be great if not actually possible to be completely frazzled however, the more variety you add more interesting your lectures will be. Try not to use the same activity too often. Students will learn what to expect and it will not be engaging or interesting after two or three times. Move on. Don't feel like you have to use an activity in every lesson. Think creatively to modify and customize each activity. Have fun! Enjoy the learning journey. Don't get discouraged if an activity you try doesn't work the rst time. Try again, the situation may have changed, and it may work right the next time. Get rid of your inhibitions. To be a teacher, you have to be performer. You need to understand that your students do not think you are silly, just inspired. Always be on the lookout for new tools. You'll be amazed at all the different venues you'll nd that will give you ideas on things to make- the hardware store, variety store or garage sale-all have wonderful possible tools. Students can be your best resource. Get your students involved in helping you develop learning activities for class. They will be happy to help nd new and interesting ways to present information. Organize your new activity items so that they can be easily accessed. Know what youve got and have it ready to go on the day you want to use it,

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List of MaterialsThis is a list of some possible items that may be used as a KLT or to develop a KLT. Put together a collection of kinesthetic materials that can be organized for quick access and use.

Blindfolds LEGOs, Kinex, tinker-toys Masking tape Big colored markers Rope Balloons Balls of all types juggling balls Dice (of all shapes and sizes) Different hats Mask Poster board Playdough Laser pointer Stacking cups or boxes Big post-its Candy Other knickknack food items Utensils Peanut butter and jelly Tortillas Bags Water Boxes Cheap plastic storage containers Yoyos Scarf or cloth Hammer Index cards Play money Envelopes Stamps Cards Magnets Gloves ClocK Puppets Baking soda and lemon juice

Hula hoops Frisbees Baskets Beads Beans, dried wallpaper samples Water Wood Yarn zip type plastic bags. Swimming noodles. Spaghetti. Marshmallows. Keys. Shower curtain Bells Blocks Bubbles Buttons Cookie cutters Crackers Craft sticks Crayons Dish detergent (for bubbles) Empty boxes (all sizes) Fabric Felt Flower Food coloring Gelatin Collector Glue Glue gun Hole punch Cars Jars

Costume/junk jewels, old jewelry Junk (for sorting) Paint Paper Pasta (all kinds, dried) Plastic animals Polaroid type camera Popcorn Pudding mix Puppets Puzzles Rice Safety scissors Salt Sand Scented markers Shaving cream Sponges Stickers Straying Tools Typewriter Used greeting cards Vegetables (raw for prints) Wafe blocks

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The Use of Kinesthetic Learning ToolsTOOLS FOR TEACHING

"The teacher sees the pallet of tools available as an artist might approach a studio: "how can these things enhance my creativity and effectiveness?" (McCarthy & Oliver, 1965).

Introduction: Incorporating the use of Kinesthetic Learning Tools into your methods can take your pedagogy in a new direction. Learning. Isnt that what teaching is all about? Our ultimate goal as educators should be about learning ! assisting others in the act of learning ! developing strategies to help learners to learn ! more readily,more efficiently, and more enjoyably.

Learning is looked upon by many as boring, too hard, too much work, or uninteresting. Many learners feel that they are not good at learning. The fact of the matter is that learning is an innate process by our brains. Think about the learner that has a really difficult time at school, but can perfectly recite the ambiguous and difficult lyrics to their favorite song. Or the learner that is not engaged in the classroom, but