Activating Students' Brains: Implementing Motor and Sensory Activities in the Classroom

This project provides multiple benefits for students with disabilities to engage in motor and sensory activities in the classroom. It is important for teachers to allow students opportunities to move and experience multimodality learning. Key researchers like Dimatties and Sammons (2003), Hess (2014) and Jensen (2005) state that students need to be taught foundational skills in order to develop a healthy able body, so participation in academics is possible. Standards and individualized education plan goals assisted in the design of a manual with routines that will allow teachers to implement motor and sensory activities. Additionally, teachers will have a schedule to follow and conduct assessments for student progression towards motor skills and academic success. The manual included in this project includes Common Core and California Alternative Performance Assessment standards, Individual Education Plan goals, activities and materials needed to set up a classroom for a daily routine. The purpose of the manual is for teachers to understand how to incorporate engaging motor and sensory activities in a classroom for students who struggle with motor control tasks like balance, eye hand coordination, bilateral movement, and sensory integration. By developing a complete routine for grades kindergarten to grade five, this project serves as a valuable tool for teachers to use and adapt throughout the school year.