Walking for Health and the Environment Curriculum

This curriculum was created for Massachusetts teachers who want to help children learn about the connections between walking, health, and environmental quality, whether or not their school is operating a walk-to-school program.

The curriculum consists of fifteen hands-on, easy-to-implement lesson plans for Grades K-5 (five lessons for Grades k-2 and ten lessons for Grades 3-5.) Each lesson meets Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks standards including Science, Math, Social Science, and Comprehensive Health.

The lessons encourage students to think about ways in which they, their families, and their communities can help reduce traffic and associated air pollution through walking, bicycling, and using public transportation. The curriculum includes both classroom and out-of-class field activities, such as mapping routes from students' homes to their schools, creating a simple air pollution tester, and measuring breathing and heart rates before and after physical activity.

Authoring Organization: 
Walk Boston and Eastern Research Group

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