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School Issues: Recess

Central Research Question: How important is recess to the development of kids?

Grade 5
Articles with Reading Levels: 5.0-5.9
Grade 6
Articles with Reading Levels: 6.0-6.9

Article Name: Recess Reform
Source: Time for Kids
Author: Rebecca Mordechai
Date Published: April 26, 2019
Guiding Question: What benefits are some schools seeing from multiple recess times?
Grade level: 5.9

Article Name: U.S. Schools Don't Give Students Enough Gym Time
Source: USA Today via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff Version 830)
Author: William E. Simon Jr. 
Date Published: January 2, 2019
Guiding Question: What alternatives to increased recess exist for students to get enough exercise?
Grade level: 5.2

Article Name: Rhode Island Lawmakers Latest to Argue School Recess Laws
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 900)
Author: Matt O'Brien
Date Published: May 20, 2016
Guiding Question: What is being done to increase recess time for students?
Grade level: 5.4

Article Name: The Cost and Benefit of 'Recess Coaches'
Source: WISN
Author:Scott Wainscott
Date Published: November 3, 2015
Guiding Question: What should recess look like for students? 
Grade Level: 5.7

Article Name: Doing Physical Exercises Before Spelling and Math Exercises?
Source: Journal-Constitution via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 840)
Author: Helena Oliviero
Date Published: September 25, 2013
Guiding Question: How does physical activity affect brain function?
Grade Level: 5.2

Article Name: Recess: Necessity or Nicety?
Source: Education World
Author: n/a
Date Published: 2018
Guiding Question: What benefits do students get from recess?
Grade level: 6.9

Article Name: Rhode Island lawmakers latest to argue school recess laws
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Verson 900)
Author: Matt O'Brien 
Date Published: May 20, 2016
Guiding Question: Should students lose recess if they misbehave?
Grade level: 6.1

Article Name: Want to Boost Your Brain? Get Moving and Exercise!
Source: Chicago Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 940)
Author: Julie Deardorff
Date Published: September 30, 2015
Guiding Question: How can exercise impact brain productivity?
Grade level: 6.5
 

Below Grade 5.0
Above Grade 6.9

Article Name: Teaching Kids the Importance of Exercise Can Help Them Stay Healthy
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Verson 590)
Author: Marilynn Marchione
Date Published: November 19, 2018
Guiding Question: How can recess help make sure that students stay healthy?
Grade Level: 4.4

Article Name: Go Outside: Philadelphia Doctors Order Some Kids to Play at City Parks
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Verson 600)
Author: Samantha Melamed
Date Published: July 19, 2017
Guiding Question: Can going outside help make kids healthier?
Grade Level: 4.7

Article Name: States decide on school recess laws
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Verson 610
Author: Matt O'Brien
Date Published: May 20, 2015
Guiding Question: Should recess be a law?
Grade Level: 4.9

 

Article Name: Recess Makes Kids Smarter
Source: Scholastic 
Author: Caralee Adams
Date Published: 2019
Guiding Question: What can people do to change their school's recess policy?
Grade Level: 9.3

Article Name: Lawmakers Requiring More Recess in Schools 
Source: District Administration 
Author: Steven Wyman-Blackburn
Date Published: October 25, 2017
Guiding Question: What impact is more recess having on students?
Grade Level: 10.9

Article Name: More Playtime! How Kids Succeed with Recess Four Times a Day at School
Source:KQed News
Author: Christopher Connelly
Date Published: January 4, 2016
Guiding Question:What should recess look like for students? 
Grade Level: 8.5

Article Name: How Schools Ruined Recess — and Four Things Needed to Fix It
Source: Washington Post
Author: Valerie Strauss
Date Published: February 4, 2015
Guiding Question: What should recess look like for students? 
Grade Level: 8.7

Article Name: School Hopes 'Recess Coach' Will Pay Off in Classroom
Source: ABC News
Author:T.J. Winick
Date Published: May 10, 2010
Guiding Question: What should recess look like for students? 
Grade Level: 8.4