Poverty can affect the background knowledge and vocabulary development of students before they enter our elementary classrooms. As educators it is key to ensure that we provide a variety of learning experiences to help ensure equity inside and outside the classroom setting for these students. Out-of-school learning has the potential to help decrease the academic gaps of students living in poverty. Additional background knowledge about the role government and schools can play when dealing with poverty. The main age population of this presentation and expectations focuses on kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Participants will gain a deeper understanding about the effects of poverty on children during the presentation. In addition, the presenters will share educator resources as well as sample classroom games and activities in the areas of literacy, math, and physical education to provide a positive and equitable learning experience for elementary students. Activities and games with the focus of literacy, math, and physical education for students to utilize outside of the classroom setting will also be explored and shared during the presentation. All of the activities and games are ones that can be embedded in elementary classrooms.
Jill Tussey, Buena Vista University, United States
Michelle Metzger, Buena Vista University, United States
Jessy Bibler, Buena Vista University, United States
Leslie Haas, Xavier University of Louisiana, United States