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SRTS Lesson Plans

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 srts@state.co.us.

Level
Index

Recommended
Grade

Content
Area
Lesson Title
Early Elementary K-1

Reading, Writing,
and Communicating

Left Foot, Right Foot
Early Elementary K-1 Reading, Writing,
and Communicating
My Dad Rides a Bicycle
Early Elementary 1 Social Studies;
Mathematics
Ways We Get to School
Early Elementary 1 Comprehensive Health
and Physical Education
Blast Off with Healthy Eating
Early Elementary 2 Social Studies Getting Around Your
Neighborhood
Early Elementary 2 Social Studies Colorado Bike History
Early Elementary 2 Science Students in Motion
Early Elementary 3 Science Climb a 14er
Early Elementary 3 Social Studies Walking Treasure Hunt
Early Elementary 3 Social Studies Mapping My Route to School
Late Elementary 4

Science;
Mathematics;
Reading, Writing
and Communicating

What Color Is My Air Today?
Late Elementary 4

Social Studies;
Reading, Writing
and Communicating

Two Wheels and a Path
Late Elementary 4-6 Social Studies Walking Trail Adventure
Late Elementary 5 Social Studies;
Mathematics
Walk Across the Country
Late Elementary 5 Social Studies;
Reading, Writing
and Communicating
Bike Around Colorado
Late Elementary 5-6 Social Studies;
Reading, Writing
and Communicating
A Bicycling We Will Go
Late Elementary 5-6 Mathematics Traffic Tally
Junior High 6 Visual Arts Recycled Materials as Art
Junior High 6 Social Studies;
Reading, Writing
and Communicating
Historical Perspectives:
African-American on an
Integrated Sports Team
Junior High 6 Reading, Writing
and Communicating
Taming of the Bicycle
Junior High 6

Social Studies;
Reading, Writing
and Communicating

Transportation: A View Into
the Future with a Look at
the Past
Junior High 6

Social Studies;
Reading, Writing
and Communicating

Eco-Points Score Card
Junior High 6

Social Studies;
Reading, Writing
and Communicating

Historical Perspectives:
Women's Suffrage
Junior High 6

Social Studies;
Reading, Writing
and Communicating

How Walkable or Bikeable
is Your Community?
Junior High 6-8 Science Bike as a System
Junior High 6-8 Science Gears and Proportions
Junior High 8 Visual Arts The Bicycle as Art
Junior High 8 Science Transportation Efficiency

Pedestrian Safety Lesson Plans (K-2)

These 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:

  • What is traffic?
  • Being visible
  • Stopping at the edge: Stopping and Searching
  • Crossing the Street
  • Visual Barriers
  • Crossing Intersections
  • Parking Lot Safety
  • School Bus Safety
  • Helmet Fitting

Bicycle Safety Lesson Plans (3-6)

 

This curriculum is 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.

These 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
  • Basic Bike Fit
  • ABC Quick Check
  • Starting and Stopping
  • Rules of the Road
  • Hazards
  • Riding Skills (Scanning, Rock Dodge & Riding with Traffic)
  • Navigating
  • Seeing, Being Seen
  • Dealing with Driveways
  • Intersections
  • Road Position - Turning & Signaling
  • Bike Parking / Locking
  • Riding on a Path

Additional Resources

 

There are many ways walking, bicycling and active living concepts can be integrated into students' daily lives. In this section you will find items listed in the 'Materials' section of each lesson plan as well as a book list. This section also contains information on where to find items like helmets, bike rodeo materials, etc. as well as links to helpful websites.

Additional Resources

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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