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ERIC Number: EJ784842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Social Studies in Motion: Learning with the Whole Person
Schulte, Paige L.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v17 n4 p13-16 Mar-Apr 2005
Total Physical Response (TPR), developed by James Asher, is defined as a teaching technique whereby a learner responds to language input with body motions. Performing a chant or the game "Robot" is an example of a TPR activity, where the teacher commands her robots to do some task in the classroom. Acting out stories and giving imperative commands are common TPR activities. Subsequent reading and discussion with other teachers provided a rationale for the success of body movement in reinforcing vocabulary with all types of learners. In this article, the author presents a collection of various motion activities along with writing extensions for use in the elementary classroom. These activities can be adapted for all grade and ability levels and can be used for a variety of standards-based topics in social living and civics, U.S. and world history, and physical and cultural geography. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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