Classroom Activity

Initiative Description: Movement-based learning experiences were embedded in Mathematics lessons on three occasions per week over the six week period. Movement was used to explicitly teach and reinforce mathematics concepts. The researcher used the class teachers existing Mathematics program. Accelerometers were worn Monday through to Thursday, during school hours only; On-task behavior was measured at baseline, midpoint (3 weeks) and post-test (6 weeks).

Study Results: The use of the EASY Minds program was shown to significantly increase the time elementary students spent engaging in on-task behaviors.

Reference: Riley, N., Lubans, D. R., Morgan, P. J., & Young, M. (2015). Outcomes and process evaluation of a programme integrating physical activity into the primary school mathematics curriculum: The EASY Minds pilot randomised controlled trial. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18(6), 656-661.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good