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Bicycle Education Lesson Plans - 3rd Grade

Lesson Plan

Bicycle Education Lesson Plans - 3rd Grade

Grade Levels

3rd Grade

Course, Subject

Driver's Education
Related Academic Standards
  • Big Ideas
    Community well-being is dependent upon a balance of personal and social responsibility.
    Health concepts are essential for wellness and a health-enhancing lifestyle.
    Participation in physical activity impacts wellness throughout a lifetime.
    Quality lifelong movement is based on scientific concepts/principles.
    Safety impacts individual and community well-being.
  • Concepts
    Basic knowledge about drugs can help children make healthy choices about their use.
    Everyone goes through physical, social and emotional changes as we grow from infancy to adulthood.
    Exercise principles improve physical activities.
    Game strategies help you know what to do and when to do it.
    Good choices and actions (safe practices) can keep you from getting hurt in your home, at school and in your community.
    Good choices and actions (safe practices) need to be applied in physical activity settings.
    Health information is found everywhere and has many different forms.
    Healthy choices are made through the decision-making process.
    Life, health and a healthy environment are inseparable.
    Physical activities are enjoyed for various reasons.
    Positive and negative interactions occur within small group physical activities.
    Regular participation in physical activities improves motor skills.
    Regular participation in physical activity affects the body in positive and negative ways.
    Scientific principles affect movement and skills.
    Specific vocabulary words describe concepts of motor skill development
    The intensity level of physical activity causes the body to respond in various ways.
    There are differences between basic movement skills and movement concepts yet they work together.
    There are good choices and actions (safe practice strategies) to avoid or resolve conflict situations.
    There are many good choices and actions (safe practices) you can use in an emergency situation.
    Trusted community helpers promote and teach practices that help us to stay safe and healthy.
    Various physical activities promote physical fitness and health.
  • Competencies
    Describe how identifying and managing our emotions can impact personal well-being and relationships with others through the lifespan.
    Describe the effects and changes that occur to the body during moderate to vigorous physical activity.
    Identify and engage in various physical activities that support health, physical fitness, motor skill improvement, group interactions and enjoyment.
    Recognize and use components of the F.I.T.T. principle to improve physical fitness.
    Recognize good choices and actions (safe practices) in the home, school, community and physical activity settings.
    Show the steps in a decision-making process.
    Use selected movement skills, concepts and game strategies when participating in physical activities.


These five lesson plans were developed through Pennsylvania's Safe Routes to School program with input from PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Pedestrian and Pedalcycle Advisory Committee, and several League of American Bicyclists' League Certified Instructors. The lessons align to Health, Safety, and Physical Education standards, which are listed in the plans. The lessons may be used individually or as a one week, progressive series of plans. A. Bicycle Safety and Injury Prevention B. Bicycle Handling Skills C. Understanding the Cycling Environment D. Cycling and Your Health E. Cycling in Your Community




  • To teach students the importance of wearing a properly fitted and approved helmet whenever they ride
  • To teach students the handling and safety skills appropriate to their age and stage of bicycling
  • To teach students to understand that a bicycle is a vehicle that has all the rights and obligations of any other legal vehicle on the road
  • To teach students about the health and fitness benefits of cycling
  • To teach students that cycling can be a healthy life-long activity that may potentially increase positively in intensity and complexity with age and experience

Lesson Essential Question(s)


A. Bicycle Safety and Injury Prevention

  1. Helmet Safety - 20 minutes
  2. ABC Hand Check - 10-15 minutes

B. Bicycle Handling Skills - 30 minutes

C. Understanding the Cycling Environment - 30 minutes

D. Cycling and Your Health - 30 minutes

E. Cycling in Your Community - varies


Suggested Instructional Strategies

Instructional Procedures

Vary by lesson.

Formative Assessment

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Date Published

February 08, 2012
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