Problem behavior in non-classroom settings (hallways, cafeteria, playground, common areas) accounts for 50% of all problem behavior in schools. Colvin, Sugai, Good, & Lee (1997)
A study of four-year-old girls and boys revealed that attention to classroom tasks was greater following sustained outdoor play periods.
Holmes, R. M., Pellegrini, A. D., & Schmidt, S. L. (2006).
The results of one two-year study found that providing a safe play space (with
attendants to ensure safety) for inner-city schoolchildren resulted in 84% more
physically active children compared to children in a comparable neighborhood.
Parley, T. A., Meriwether, R. A., Baker, E. T., Watkins, L. T., Johnson, C. C., &
Webber, L. S. (2007).
A play program for 10- and 11-year old students consisting of a weekly two-hour, adult-guided session yielded significant increases in the students’ verbal creativity and graphic–figural creativity.
Garaigordobil, M. (2006).
Structuring playground or area-specific interventions should center around the development of pro-social skills not just reducing challenging behavior. Lewis, Powers, Kelk, & Newcomer (2002)
The Big Picture Articles/ Activities on Recess
Teaching Transition Techniques for Promoting Success Between Lessons (Includes going and returning from recess)
Free Recess Related Webinars from Peaceful Playgrounds
Play and Recess -Prepared by – Jeffrey L. Charvat, PhD
*Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd Edition by Eric Jensen Chapter 4. Movement and Learning (Great read with research annotations – ASCD)*
SCHOOL RECESS PARTNERS
Whole School Lesson Plan on Recess Respect Lesson Plan
Good Example of expectations in different areas of the school
Social Story (Source)
After lunch we go to recess.
Sometimes recess is on the playground.
A lot of the children play on the playground equipment.
It is fun to play on the playground equipment.
Everyone should play safely.
When the whistle blows that means it is time to line up and go inside.
I will try to line up as soon as the whistle blows.
This will make my teachers happy.
After I line up I will try to stay in line.
Everyone will be proud of me!