Elementary

Below are links to sample lessons from our educational resources. Contact education@activetrans.org to inquire about receiving the complete versions.

Afterschool Challenge Program
Encourage students to achieve their goals by using this flexible and fun literacy and physical activity program. In “Brain Challenges,” students read and learn about inspirational athletes. In “Body Challenges,” students participate in physical activities related to the athletes featured in the lessons. Educators may use some or all of the 40 lesson pairs, flexibly structured into seven character trait-themed units.

Afterschool Challenge excerpts (PDF)
In these sample lessons, students learn about Wilma Rudolph, a three-time Olympic gold medalist who was once told she would never be able to walk again. Using art, writing and relay races, the lessons focus on the character trait of determination.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Lesson Books
These classroom and physical education lesson books promote physical activity and bicycle and pedestrian safety skills. These stand-alone lessons can be used at any time, in any order, and will easily fit into an educator’s busy schedule.

9 Lessons for the Classroom excerpt (PDF)
Students participate in 30–50 minute lessons on topics such as transportation options, bicycle and pedestrian safety guidelines and being a safe citizen.

10-Minute Activities for PE Class excerpt (PDF)
Students learn to avoid hazards, follow traffic signals and use their own signals through a variety of enjoyable physical games and activities.

Walk Across Illinois Physical Education Curriculum
Energize students with a curriculum that connects physical activity and skill development with biking, walking and public transportation. The curriculum is divided into sections focusing on fall, winter and spring sports skills, with lessons designed to fit class periods as short as 30 minutes while keeping students actively moving over 50 percent of the class time. Teachers may use some or all of the lessons.

Walk Across Illinois excerpts (PDF)
Sample lessons feature soccer and basketball skills in visits to Chicago and Bloomington-Normal. Read the introductory lesson and learn about the curriculum’s structure and options.

Subject-Specific Curricula
Help students explore academic subject areas while they learn about active, safe and environmentally friendly transportation. Lessons can be easily incorporated into existing curricula or used as enrichment activities.

Early Elementary English Language Arts excerpt (PDF)
Students engage in the writing process by reading and writing a short story about a fictional bike ride.

Early Elementary Math excerpt (PDF)
Students collect and graph statistical data through various pictorial representations.

Late Elementary Math excerpt (PDF)
Students analyze school transportation data to examine relationships between modes of transportation, distance and age to determine possible financial savings of choosing alternate forms of transportation.

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