Info For Teachers
The Active & Safe Routes to School program is primarily parent-driven but there are many opportunities for involvement of students through classroom activities that link to the Ontario Curriculum. As well, other school related groups and users can be engaged in the program, e.g. Environmental Clubs, in-school day cares, English as a Second Language (ESL) students and After School Programs. There are also opportunities to network with other schools - both in Canada and abroad.
- International Walk to School Month Resources
- iCANwalk to school…can you?
- Winter Walk Day
- Spring into Spring
- The IWALK Club
- Walk to School Days (Walk/Wheel on Wednesdays)
- Idle Free School Zone
Active & Safe Routes to School Program links to the Elementary - Ontario School Curriculum Expectations. We have indicated below where a potential fit exists by grade and associated expectations. This document was produced in partnership with York Region Health Services and York Region District School Board.
Just released: Lessons in Sustainable Happiness, from Dr. Catherine O'Brien, Cape Breton University. The e-book builds on Dr. O'Brien's groundbreaking work on Sustainable Happiness and includes a chapter specifically for teachers.
Sustainable Happiness Teachers’ Resources - a Teacher’s Guide for grades P/K-6. Lesson plans are designed to meet Canadian health education curriculum outcomes for each province. Many lesson plans could readily be adapted to older grades
Bike Safe/Walk Smart DVDs are available through Active and Safe Routes to School. Click here to request a copy or have a look at the classroom notes below:
Active and Safe Routes to School Cycling Resource Manual This manual has been created by BC’s HASTE (Hub for Action on School Transportation Emissions), with support from Transport Canada. HASTE staff worked with programmers and consultants from across Canada to develop this resource manual for schools looking to encourage and support students cycling to school.
This manual is intended as a resource for schools, school districts, and municipalities interested in supporting and encouraging cycling trips by school community members, including students, families, and school staff.
Greening Trees Greening a tree is a fun, easy, and illustrative way to encourage students to walk or wheel to school. The program uses different coloured leaves for each method of getting to school (buff-coloured leaves for driving in a private vehicle, light green leaves for taking the school bus or transit, and dark green leaves for using active modes of transportation). When asked how they travelled to school on a particular day, each student is given a paper leaf whose colour corresponds to that method of travel. The leaves are then attached to paper trunk which is displayed prominently in the school (the entry hall for example), and the greener the tree, the more active the school population is in terms of their transportation choices.Green Communities thanks the Region of Waterloo’s Active & Safe Routes to School Workgroup for sharing this innovative idea.