Mary Lou Baranowski, a physical education teacher at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary, recently challenged her students to a new game called Kinect-4.
a teacher brings to the classroom other disciplines of study, students
benefit," said Coach Mary Lou. "The game of Kinect-4 incorporates math
and problem-solving skills into a vigorous physical education activity."
Baranowski, named this year's Southwest District Elementary School
Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the National Association for
Sport and Physical Education, was intrigued by the game that was
strikingly similar to the popular Connect 4, but with physical activity
included. In Connect 4, players attempt to
fill four consecutive slots with their markers.
the object is for players to still connect four of their game pieces,
but now it's a large board, laying flat on the ground. Before they can
place their markers, students solve various problems and work on a
variety of sports and fitness related skills.
"The object of the
game is to create a sequence of 4 co-linear squares," she said. "The
squares may be placed vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, but they
must be in a straight, continuous line. The game of Kinect-4 features a
multitude of complexity levels, making it adaptable to a wide-range of
grade and ability levels."
For more information about Kinect-4, contact Baranowski at email@example.com