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Bicycle Education Lesson Plans - 6th Grade

Lesson Plan

Bicycle Education Lesson Plans - 6th Grade

Grade Levels

6th 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
    A healthy lifestyle and healthy environment are interdependent.
    Basic movement skills and concepts (combine to) form movement sequences and advanced skills.
    Exercise principles influence health and skill-related fitness.
    Game strategies are used to be successful in games and physical activities.
    Good choices and actions (safe practices) need to be applied during individual physical activity settings.
    In addition to regular participation in physical activities, many other factors impact motor skill improvement
    Individuals interact through many different roles in group physical activities.
    Intensity levels of various physical activities impact physical fitness and health.
    Many diseases can be prevented or eliminated by healthy life choices such as moderate diet, exercise and not smoking.
    Many factors such as peers, body image, and stress are factors that influence teens’ drug use.
    Media messages contribute to the development of health attitudes and behaviors.
    Motor skill development concepts can be applied to a variety of basic motor skills.
    Nutritional factors, such as food selection and caloric content, have a major impact on health.
    Regular participation in physical activities affects the body systems.
    Safe practices can be used to keep you from being injured in the home, school and community.
    Scientific principles help us move more efficiently.
    The body’s response to physical activity can be measured and assessed.
    The quality of information determines the wisdom of the choice.
    The way our multiple body systems function determines our level of health.
    There are good choices and actions (safe practice strategies) you can use to manage conflict and violence.
    There is a connection between appropriate practice and the development of motor skills.
    Various factors impact physical activity preferences during childhood.
    Your safety and health are influenced by how personal decisions are made.
    Your well-being is linked to responsible healthy habits.
  • Competencies
    Apply movement skills, concepts and game strategies when participating in physical activities.
    Apply scientific principles and appropriate practice strategies to improve movement skills.
    Clarify the relationships among stress, peer pressure, nutritional factors and personal choices such as avoiding risky use of drugs, with well-functioning body systems and disease prevention.
    Demonstrate how to use good choices and actions (safe practices) in the home, school and community.
    Describe what influences a person’s choice of physical activities.
    Examine the role of the individual in physical activity settings.
    Identify factors that positively and negatively impact both our health and environment.
    Identify, assess and engage in various physical activities that support health, physical fitness, motor skill improvement, group interactions and enjoyment.
    Select healthy attitudes and habits that promote individual growth and responsible decision making.


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 - 10-20 minutes
  2. ABC Hand Check - 10-15 minutes

B. Bicycle Handling Skills - varies
C. Understanding the Cycling Environment - varies
D. Cycling and Your Health - varies
E. Cycling in Your Community - varies


Suggested Instructional Strategies

Instructional Procedures

Described in each lesson plan.

Formative Assessment

Sample testing materials in each leson.

Related Materials & Resources



Date Published

February 08, 2012
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