SD Schools Walk:

Walk and Roll to School Day Curriculum Links

Social Studies
  • students map their routes to school
  • students give verbal directions so that other students can follow route (turn left, turn right, etc.)
  • students observe their route to school and develop map of route with as much detail as possible
  • conduct a "treasure hunt" on the way to school
  • identify countries around the world where families participate in International Walk to School Day - see for a list of countries
  • identify major modes of transportation in other countries
  • outline the history of the bicycle
  • analyze the impact that car-based transportation has had on communities
  • evaluate transportation choices based on economy, convenience and resource use
  • design a community that is walking and biking friendly
Math/Social Studies
  • calculate the total class mileage walked and biked to school, then map the distance and see if class can reach a geographic goal (walk/bike across South Dakota, across the US, around the world)
  • measure each student's average step, then calculate how many steps it would take to walk a mile
  • use the bicycle wheel to demonstrate the relationship between radius, diameter and circumference
Language Arts
  • students tell/write about their journey to school using descriptive detail
  • Write press releases and public service announcements to promote Walk to School Day
  • students write about a journey by bicycle or foot
  • interview older people about their journeys to school and write a paragraph/essay about it
  • observe and record all signs of "wildlife" or plants on the journey to school
  • compare heart rate when sitting still (as in car) to when walking or biking
  • outline physiology of aerobic activity involved in walking and biking
  • compare fossil fuels and the "fuel" used by walking and bicycling
  • calculate number of calories burned in walking and biking for a given period of time
  • investigate the science of the bicycle
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