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Core Subject Bicycle and Pedestrian Lesson Plans (K-8)

Many schools in Colorado rely solely on physical education and extracurricular classes to teach children bicycle and pedestrian skills and lessons. The Colorado Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program aims to expand on these activities by incorporating bicycle and pedestrian lessons in core K-8 classes (math, science, history, language arts, etc.) with the goal of getting kids thinking about the benefits of walking and bicycling throughout their entire learning. These lesson plans were created to align specifically with the State of Colorado's standards for education for core K-8 classes and have been reviewed by the Colorado Department of Education.

Click here to download the full set of lesson plans or choose from the index below.

If you can't find what you need here, perhaps you will be inspired to create a lesson that incorporates these ideas! Please feel free to share your creativity in lesson plan development and classroom success stories by e-mailing .

Level
Index
Recommended
Grade
Content
Area
Lesson Title
Early Elementary K-1

Reading, Writing,
and Communicating

My Dad Rides a Bicycle

Early Elementary K-1 Comprehensive Health 
and Physical Education
Blast Off with Healthy Eating
Early Elementary K-2 Reading, Writing,
and Communicating
Left Foot, Right Foot
Early Elementary 1-3 Social Studies;
Mathematics
Ways We Get to School
Early Elementary 1-3 Social Studies, Reading, Writing,
and Communicating 

Colorado Bike History

Early Elementary 1-3 Social Studies Walking Treasure Hunt
Early Elementary 2 Science Students in Motion
Early Elementary 2-3 Social Studies

Getting Around Your
Neighborhood

Early Elementary 2-3 Social Studies Mapping My Route to School
Late Elementary 3-5

Mathematics

Climb a 14er
Late Elementary 4-5

Mathematics, Science,
Reading, Writing
and Communicating

What Color Is My Air Today?
Late Elementary 4-5

Social Studies

Two Wheels and a Path
Late Elementary 4-5 Social Studies;
Mathematics
Walk Across the Country
Late Elementary 4-6 Social Studies, Visual Arts Walking Trail Adventure
Late Elementary 4-6 Visual Arts Recycled Materials as Art
Late Elementary 4-6 Social Studies;
Reading, Writing
and Communicating
Eco-Points Score Card
Late Elementary 4-6 Social Studies Historical Perspectives:
Women's Suffrage
Late Elementary 4-6 Social Studies;
Reading, Writing
and Communicating
How Walkable or Bikeable
is Your Community?
Late Elementary 5-6 Social Studies,
Reading, Writing
and Communicating
A Bicycling We Will Go
Late Elementary 5-6 Mathematics Traffic Tally
Late Elementary 5-6 Social Studies Historical Perspectives: 
African-American on an
Integrated Sports Team
Late Elementary 5-6 Social Studies Transportation: A View Into 
the Future with a Look at 
the Past
Late Elementary -
Junior High
5-7 Social Studies, Mathematics
Reading, Writing
and Communicating
Bike Around Colorado
Late Elementary -
Junior High 
5-8 Mathematics Gears and Proportions
Junior High 6-7 Reading, Writing
and Communicating
Taming of the Bicycle
Junior High 6-8 Science, Reading, Writing
and Communicating 
The Bicycle as a System
Junior High 6-8 Visual Arts The Bicycle as Art
Junior High 8 Science Transportation Efficiency

Pedestrian Safety Lesson Plans (K-2)

These pedestrian lesson plans are a combination of indoor and outdoor lessons that can be used together or separately, depending on time and space available. Each lesson builds on the concepts and skills of the previous one, and the review of the concepts and key messages is encouraged. The outdoor lessons are the practical application of the skills learned in the indoor lessons.

Pedestrian Safety Lesson Plans (K-2)

These lesson plans cover:

  • An introduction to traffic
  • How to be visible
  • How to stop and search before crossing the street
  • Safely crossing the street
  • Recognizing visual barriers
  • How to cross at intersections
  • Parking lot safety
  • School bus safety
  • Finding a properly-fitted helmet
  • Review and evaluation, with safety pledge

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Bicycle Safety Lesson Plans (3-6)

These bicycle safety lesson plans are a combination of indoor and outdoor lessons that can be used together or separately, depending on time and space available. Each lesson builds on the concepts and skills of the previous one. The outdoor lessons are the practical application of the skills learned in the indoor lessons.

Bicycle Safety Lesson Plans (3-6)

These lesson plans cover:

  • Bicycle helmet fitting
  • Finding the right bicycle fit
  • Bicycle safety check
  • Starting and stopping techniques
  • Learning the rules of the road
  • Avoiding hazards while bicycling
  • Riding skills: scanning, rock dodge & riding with traffic)
  • Navigating the road and choosing the best route
  • Being visible and observant while bicycling
  • Dealing with driveways
  • Understand intersections
  • Road positioning and proper signals
  • Bike parking and locking
  • Rules for riding on a multi-use path

Additional Resources

There are many ways walking, bicycling and active living concepts can be integrated into students' daily lives. This section includes items listed in the 'Materials' section of each lesson plan as well as a list of books that would be good additions to your school library. This section also contains information on where to find items like helmets, bike rodeo materials, etc., as well as links to helpful websites and additional project or science fair ideas.

    Contact Information

    Leslie Feuerborn
    Colorado Safe Routes to School
    4201 E. Arkansas Ave, Shumate Bldg
    Denver CO 80222-3406
    303-757-9088
    dot_srts@state.co.us

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