Activity Works improves students' attention, focus, physical fitness and social harmony by getting them up and moving to the plug and play program's animated episodes which combine core curricular content and physical activity. Each full-length episode enables children to achieve an average of 1,000 steps, equating to a half mile and 50 calories burned.The scientifically-designed episodes, which include "Food on the Farm","Endangered Species of Africa", "Dinosaur Discovery", "Dance from Brazil", and many more, have been loved by over 500,000 student participants across the nation. There are one, three, six and twelve minute episodes to provide teachers with a variety of options so Activity Works can fit into any part of the school day. In sum, Activity Works works in multiple ways:
Prompts students to exercise right in their classrooms as they participate in fun and educational multisensory adventures.
Improves attention, focus and on-task behavior following the exercise experience.
Increases oxygen flow and balances brain metabolism to support maximum achievement.
Heightens listening skills and improves vocabulary.
Helps meet state mandates for physical activity.
Aids in transitioning students from one subject to the next.
Improves overall health and wellness and instills healthy habits.
With Activity Works, teachers can choose from 3, 6 or 12-minutes episodes, to easily fit a refreshing brain break into any time of the school day.
We understand that instructional time is valuable and that it must be directed towards achieving state standards. Every Activity Works adventure is supported by not just one, but two lesson plans aligned with key performance standards. One lesson supports relevant Language Arts, Cultural Arts, Social Studies, Science or Mathematics standards, while the second focuses upon Physical Education standards.
Activity Works includes an instructional component for Physical Education as well as an activity component, time spent using Activity Works can help close gaps in required Health and Physical Education time per week. No longer are teachers forced to choose whether students will benefit from academics or physical education – Both can be pursued efficiently, and simultaneously, within the classroom and other times of day.
Activity Works reinforces multiple pathways to learning via auditory, visual and kinesthetic modalities. This multi-sensory stimulation is further enhanced by increased oxygen to the brain's neurons through moderate aerobic exercise. In addition, students realize a feeling of well-being and improved self-image from exercise which reinforces their desire to be physically active. The engaging story-based episodes are reported by teachers to reduce stress and motivate attendance. The increased metabolism and calorie burn also helps to combat obesity.
The strength of Activity Works resides in the science at its core. Using a proprietary Kinetic Protocol developed by medical experts, Activity Works helps children reach CDC and state exercise guidelines in short yet impactful "activity bursts" throughout the day.
The Kinetic Protocol varies intensity of cardio-pulmonary demand in accordance with medically established guidelines and understanding of safety and other factors for this age group. Original music scores establish exercise intensity and students naturally change pace to move in concert with the changing rhythm. Movements are scripted to both reinforce learning objectives and vary physical intensity in a specific manner.
Over the course of the structured 12 minutes, students' cardio-pulmonary activity is elevated, enhancing oxygen flow, releasing of physical tension and balancing of neurotransmitters in the brain. The cool-down and stretching segments provide a calming influence so students can return to their classwork with increased ability to focus — that critical prerequisite to learning new information.
“Activity Works gives our school children an opportunity to participate in group physical activity sessions in addition to exposing them to different topics such as math. Moreover, they are learning to collaborate and follow directions which are very valuable in the pursuit of a sound education.”
-Newark, NJ Principal
“Activity Works helps to build a positive classroom community in which students feel motivated to come to school and work towards becoming a productive member of society.”
-Newark, NJ Teacher
“Students behave much better in the classroom after Activity Works and are attentive to academics.”
-Houston, TX Teacher
“Activity Works has made a difference in our school. Teachers have reported that students are more focused and attentive during instruction after participating in one of the 10 minute activity segments. Because the content is tied to the core curriculum standards for Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies, teachers are better able to fit it into their already busy days.”
-Camden, NJ Principal
“I have noticed that the more often we do the Activity Works activities, the more focused and attentive the students are throughout the day.”
-New York, NY Teacher
“My students love exercising and learning at the same time to Activity Works. The program calms my students down after lunch and prep periods. I have noticed an improvement in my students’ listening skills, coordination, and motivation to learn.”
-Philadelphia, PA Teacher
“I strongly uphold the research and evidence that supports the fact that physical activity is associated with improved academic achievement including daily grades and standardized testing while it builds healthier bodies. Strategically placing “Activity Works” in the middle of a long morning or afternoon of academics increases the blood flow to the students’ brains, wards off boredom and improves concentration, getting them back on track to learning important concepts.”
-Supervisor of Physical Education, Health and Athletics, Woodbridge, NJ
“Students love having the break during the day. Even with a huge class size and minimal space, students can do the program. Students hear words in studies and are able to recognize them from the Activity Works segments. Even our ESL students, new to our country, are up and out of their seats having fun.”
-Trenton, NJ Teacher
“Activity Works has allowed my students to be confident while taking a test because they are calm and focused. Many of them recognize some concepts that are on the test have been taught in Activity Works.”
-Newark, NJ Teacher