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3 Ideas for Outdoor Lesson Plans for ADHD Students

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*Thanks to Joyce Wilson for her second guest post here on Los Gringos Locos. Joyce is sharing with us some ideas for outdoor lesson plans that will benefit ALL students but especially those with ADHD.

3 Ideas for Outdoor Lesson Plans for ADHD Students

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Sitting still, focusing, giving their undivided attention, working quietly on their own… When you list the behaviors required for a trouble-free day at school, it isn’t hard to see why children with ADHD often struggle. As Helpguide notes, children with ADHD want to learn, but traditional classroom learning can be very frustrating for them. Have you tried outdoor lesson plans?

Teachers and parents seeking to help ADHD students will likely find a recent study to be of great interest. As WebMD explains, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that “green” time like “parks, backyards, and tree-lined streets” lead to a reduction in ADHD symptoms.

If you’re the teacher, or homeschooling parent of a child with ADHD, here are a few outdoor lesson plans that will keep them learning while also providing some valuable “green” time.

Take Animal Lesson Plans Outdoors

Fun, engaging lesson plans are going to be great for every type of student. So, why not make lessons on English, math, art, and more extra fun by incorporating something many children love – animals. Discovery Education animal lesson plans can be completed in the classroom but they offer great opportunities for teachers and parents to take the kids outside for a little exploring.

Outdoor Science Experiments

It’s no fun to learn science all cooped up in a classroom. That’s why Scholastic offers fun and engaging science experiments that will have children learning while also spending some quality time outdoors. Here are a few options:

Swim Lessons

Knowing how to swim is a life-saving skill. When it’s warm enough, parents of children with ADHD can give them some “green” time by taking them to a community pool for a swim lesson. Incorporating swim lessons into a child’s “green” time will help them expend excess energy while learning an extremely valuable, lifelong skill.

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It’s important to note that incorporating “green” time into lessons will be fun for ALL students, and when students with ADHD are engaged in the learning process, they excel. Why not take your next lesson outdoors? You may be surprised at the results of outdoor lesson plans!

Author Bio: Joyce Wilson is a retired teacher with decades of experience. Today, she is a proud grandmom and mentor to teachers in her local public school system. She and a fellow retired teacher created TeacherSpark.org to share creative ideas and practical resources for the classroom.

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