Program organization

Drive Clean Across Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation has developed a variety of materials and lesson plans that cover air quality and transportation. There are activities for grades K-12 that incorporate air pollution, climate change, and transportation into science, math, social studies and language arts classes.

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Marin County Bicycle Coalition Safe Routes to School Lesson Plans

These environmental lesson plans include games, activities, experiments, and stories to teach students in grades K-8 about personal choices (with a focus on transportation) and energy use.

Lessons, Grades 1-2

Lessons, Grades 5-8

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Planet Connecticut

Created by the Connecticut Department of Transportation in association with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, Planet Connecticut features six science-based lesson plans for grades 6-8.  These lessons build on one another while introducing the links between greenhouse gas emissions, global climate change, and transportation mode choices.

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Getting Around Clean and Green

These educational materials, developed by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, highlight the connection between transportation modes and the environment. This page includes downloadable resources and lesson plans for grades 3-8.

Middle & Lower High School Curricular Unit

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Portland "Smart Moves" Curriculum

The SMART MOVES Middle School Curriculum offers a flexible tool for teaching many community issues—citizenship, environmental awareness, safety, and health—to help students to become active citizens.  It was designed by educational consultants contracted by the City of Portland Office of Transportation.  The lessons included here are not specific to Portland, or can be easily adapted to other localities.  The full curriculum is available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40561.

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Clean Air Lesson Plans

The Clean Air Campaign, a Georgia-based non-profit that promotes transportation alternatives to improve air quality, has developed a series of downloadable lesson plans for grades 3 through 8. These plans feature activities and assignments about air pollution - what it is, how it is caused, what we can do to prevent it and its effects on humans.

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Safe Routes to Schools: Walking for Health and the Environment Curriculum

Developed by WalkBoston and the Eastern Research Group, Inc., this Safe Routes to School curriculum provides lessons for grades K-5 that teach children about the connections between walking, health, and the environment.

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ETA Walk to School Curriculum

This British curriculum, developed by the Environmental Transport Association, provides a week of lessons that focus on global climate change and local traffic congestion. These plans can be adapted for US grades 5 and 6.

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Safe Routes Nebraska: Safe Routes in the Classroom

Safe Routes Nebraska recently formulated several standards-based activities to help students learn about walking and biking safety and the importance staying active. These creative activities were designed to teach students in each grade level to understand the health benefits of walking and biking to school as well as how to do it safely. 

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WalkBoston's Walk/Bike to School Traffic Reduction and Safety Program Toolkit

WalkBoston created the Walk/Bike to School Toolkit to help parents, principals, local officials and anyone with an interest in improving children's safety to set up their own Safe Routes to School programs. The toolkit includes step-by-step advice for organizing a walk to school program and/or pedestrian safety training. Safety training information starts on page 25 of the toolkit.