School Dispatches: Around the World Challenge

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Sheridan School students are challenging themselves to walk around the circumference of the Earth. Photo courtesy: Sheridan School

by Filipe Limao, Sheridan School 4th Grader

In January, the fourth grade children at Sheridan began using FitBits. They are using them to challenge their health and stamina during their fitness unit in PE. Every weekday, they go down to their gym and tell their PE teacher, Mr. Burke, what the number on their FitBit is (they’re organized alphabetically by last name), and how many steps they took that day.

They are challenging themselves to walk around the circumference of the Earth by combining all of their classmates’ steps for the month of January and seeing how far it takes them around the world. The students will then see how far it takes them around the world in miles by picking a spot on the world map and going around the earth from there. After students chart their miles in steps to a point on the world map, they will then study the city/country where they landed. The will particularly explore the culture, food, and sports of that city/country. They are doing this to make themselves more active this year as lifelong enthusiasts of fitness, and to get to know other cultures around the world.