Family Walk & Roll Integrated Curriculum: LANGUAGE ARTS

Figurative LanguageResearch bike-related phrasesDesign a class book that teaches and exemplifies simile, metaphor, personification, idioms, etc. all using bike terminology.

Read Aloud Bike BooksGo Fly a Bike: the Ultimate Book of Bicycle Fun, Freedom and Science (Haduch), Bicycle Book / History (Gibbons), Kids Easy Bike Care / Science (Cole), Mike and the Bike / Adventure (Ward), Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen / Recycling Bike Parts (Best), Gracie Goats Big Bike Race / Facing Fears (Mirabella)

Ride for ReadingHost a used book drive to promote book literacy! (or call the Library and see if you can do some book deliveries to people who can’t get out!~ ) Deliver the books via bicycle.

Create a Rebus Story (Gr. K-1)This is a story in which specific vocabulary words are replaced or coincide with a picture representation of that word. Instructor and children can write a story together about being physically active and safe while biking or walking near traffic. Keep language appropriate to grade level (use high-frequency words) and model using time order words (i.e., first, next, after that, etc.) to begin sentences. Instructor can replace certain words within the story with appropriate pictures to create the Rebus-style story. After the story is completed, children can read aloud the Rebus story using the picture representations and knowledge of high-frequency words.

Safety Words and Sentences (Gr. K-1)The instructor and children can brainstorm pedestrian safety words together (look, listen, stop, etc.) on large chart paper or whiteboard.Individually, children can orally develop complete sentences using a pattern. For example, “It is important to...” always look for cars; stop at the edge, etc.

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Gr. 2-3)Review various aspects of the book as they relate to pedestrian safety.

  • Discuss what modes of transportation the ducks used to get around town. List the problems that the mother and baby ducks had while being “pedestrians” through the town.
  • Discuss why the ducks wanted to cross the roadway and talk about destinations that a pedestrian might want to go.
  • Brainstorm how the mother duck could have changed her behavior to model safe behavior when navigating and crossing various roadways.
  • Talk about the occupations of various characters in the book, including the policeman who assisted the ducks in crossing the road.

Hazards and Clues (Gr. 2-3)Divide children into groups of two. Define a hazard as a source of danger. Define a clue as a piece of information that can help you solve a problem. In this case the clue will help them identify the hazard. Some samples are given below:

Clue Hazard
Driveway Cars may be entering or exiting.
Shrubs / Trees Plants can block the view of the driver.
Uneven Sidewalk A pedestrian could trip and fall.
Parked Cars Driver may not see a pedestrian stepping between parked cars.
Back-up Tail Lights A car may be backing out of a parking spot.
Dog in Street Unleashed dogs may not be friendly.
Cell Phone Talking or texting while walking/driving is distracting.
Child Running He/she may not notice traffic and may trip and fall in the street.
Intersection Cars may be turning from 4 directions.
Red Pedestrian Signal It is not safe to cross.
Headphones The pedestrian is unable to hear traffic.

Describe each clue to the children and have them collaborate to describe at least one hazard associated with each clue. Have each group write down their ideas and discuss with the class.

Comic Strip (Gr. 2-6)Design a comic strip to tell a walking or bicycle themed story or where the activity is used to teach a life lesson (overcoming fear, community service, fitness, friendship)

Poetry (Gr. 4-6)(Cinquain, Diamonte, Tanka, Free verse)

Creative Writing (Gr. 4-6)Personify your bike or shoesWrite a creative story as though you were them(The Adventurous Bike, The Neglected Shoe, The Mountain Bike, The Childhood Shoes, The Useful Bike, The Mode of Transportation Bike, The Bored Shoe)

Oral History (Gr. 4-6)Assign children to speak with their grandparents (or parents) about their childhood experiences getting to school. Have them draw a picture and write a story about what they learned. Tell them to ask their grandparents how long it took them and what the conditions were like. Have the children write a paragraph comparing how they get to school now with how their grandparents got to school.

Write a story (Gr. 4-6)Have students write a poem or story involving a journey to school. Have them describe the things they see along the way, how it feels to be walking and biking. Have them discuss the safety hazards they may encounter along the way. How could their walk be more pleasant?

Interview (Gr. 4-6)Students should decide on a person that they would want to interview. Potential options are an older sibling, a parent, or an adult friend.

Have children develop 5 interview questions based on pedestrian or bicycle safety. Some possible topics include:

  • Distractions
  • Role Models
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Transportation
  • Destinations
  • Visibility

Children should write down interview responses and report back to class:

  • Who did you interview?
  • What was the topic you chose?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned from that person? What did the speaker say that supported points you learned in class on that topic?

Book Recommendations:

Gr K-1

  • My School Bus: A Book about School Bus Safety by Heather FeldmanA young African-American girl recounts her bus ride to school and demonstrates the safe way to wait for, board, ride and leave the bus. The pictures are engaging and the text is simple. 
  • Axle Annie and the Speed Grump by Robin PulverChildren can read and discuss this fictitious book about school bus safety. What are the things that Rush Hotfoot does wrong while driving? Why does Axle Annie radio the police to give him a ticket? Why is it important to always walk around the crossbar and look both ways before crossing the street?
  • Kristofur Kitty: Crossing the Street by Jennifer D. HartmannRead aloud the story to the students. Discuss which safety rules Kristofur followed
  • This Is The Way We Go To School by Edith Baer, illustrated by Steve BjorkmanDescribes the many different modes of transportation children all over the world use to get to school
  • My Five Senses by Aliki BrandenbergThis bestselling picture book invites young readers to use each of their five senses to explore the world around them.
    • Take a walk in the neighborhood.
    • Ask students to draw some things they saw/heard/touched/smelled on the walk.
    • Ask students to think about what they might see/hear/touch/taste/smell in a car and compare/contrast that information to what they saw/heard/touched/smelled on their neighborhood walk.
    • Ask, “What would the neighborhood walk have been like without your sense of sight?” Have students draw/write about what it would be like to live without one of their senses.

Gr K-3

  • Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best, illustrated by Christine DavenierWhen Sally Jean outgrows Flash, her beloved bicycle, she experiments with various ideas for acquiring a new, bigger one. ($13.35) 
  • A Crash Course for Molly written and illustrated by Eva ErikssonMolly is big enough and smart enough to ride a bike now, but she keeps running into things until she gets some useful advice from a driving instructor. ($4.00) 
  • The Bear’s Bicycle by Emilie Warren McLeod, illustrated by David McPhailA young boy and an outrageous bear demonstrate how to ride a bicycle safely. ($6.30)
  • Yuki’s Ride Home written and illustrated by Manya TesslerAfter an enjoyable day at her grandmother's house, Yuki tries to gather all her courage to ride her bicycle home in the evening fog. ($4.00)
  • Franklin’s Bicycle Helmet by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda ClarkFranklin is embarrassed by his new bicycle helmet which has a bright red light on top of it. ($3.47)
  • Cycle City written and illustrated by Allison FarrellLittle Etta the elephant visits her aunt's house in Cycle City, where everybody rides a bicycle, and the streets are crowded with many unique bikes that are waiting for the parade to begin.
  • Spin by Rebecca Janni, illustrated by George ErmosAlbert Einstein once said, "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." Through this simple story, a young child learns to continue onwards and achieve her goals. Once she gets going, though, she learns it's not as hard as she thought it would be.
  • Play It Safe written and illustrated by  Mercer MayerLittle Critter and Gabby spend the day at Bike Safety Camp, learning how to "play it safe." ($3.56) 
  • Gracie Goat’s Big Bike Race by Erin Mirabella, illustrated by Lisa HorstmaGracie Goat doesn't know how to ride a bike and is so scared she refuses to try. Fortunately her Grandma convinces her to face her fears. ($5.49) 
  • Duck on a Bike written and illustrated by David ShannonWhen Duck gets the zany idea to ride a bike one day, each animal on the farm has a reaction. ($13.69) 
  • Vera Rides a Bike written and illustrated by Vera RosenberryWhen Vera gets a new bicycle, she learns to ride it but has trouble learning how to stop. ($5.00)
  • Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni, illustrated by  Lynne AvrilNellie Sue, who fancies herself a real cowgirl, wants a horse for her birthday, but she discovers that a brand new bicycle, her first, takes almost as much taming as a filly. ($11.48)
  • Dona Eremita Sobre Ruedas / Mrs. Armitage On Wheels written and illustrated by Quentin Blake, introduction by Carmen Diana DeardenRelates the misadventures of Mrs. Armitage as she makes increasingly complicated modifications of her bicycle. ($14.16)
  • Rosaura En Bicicleta / Rosaura on a Bicycle (Ponte Poronte) by Daniel Barbot, illustrated by Morella FuenmayorSenora Amelia loves animals. In this lively and cheery story from Venezuela, you will see to what lengths she will go in order to grant her handsome hen Rosaura a birthday wish. ($10.72)
  • Sky Blue Accident/Accidente Celeste by Jorge Elias Lujan, Piet Grobler, and Elisa AmadoThis sweetly whimsical book describes a little boy who falls from his bicycle and crashes into the sky. The sky shatters, but the little boy puts some of the broken pieces into his pocket and, in the end, saves the day. ($21.95)
  • Superabuelo by David M. Schwartz and Martin Luis Guzman, illustrated by Bert DodsonSchwartz tells the story of a 66-year-old cyclist who competed in the Tour of Sweden, and to the surprise of the judges, finished first. ($16.53)

Gr 6-9

  • Hey Mom, Can I Ride My Bike Across America? by John S. BoettnerFive real 12 and 13-year-olds ride their bicycles 5,000 miles across America. They want to see if their country is as wonderful as their teacher says it is.

Bicycle Friendly Business

Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
P.O. Box 92047
Santa Barbara CA 93190
(805) 845-8955
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Bici Centro Locations
Santa Barbara: 434 Olive St (805) 617-3255
Santa Maria: 310 Oak St (805) 623-5763
Santa Barbara City College: 721 Cliff Dr (east end of the bridge over Loma Alta Dr)