Here are some lesson plans developed by environmental and education organizations that deal with transportation and transportation related emissions and impacts. They can be used in the ischooltravel tool.

  • Green Learning’s EnerAction program now includes a new unit on Sustainable Transportation which includes three lesson plans (lessons #12, 13 and 14) and a set of ten Sustainable Transportation Case Studies! “Ride Roll and Stroll”, “Back to the Future” and “Once Upon a Bike” bring topics and ideas in Sustainable Transportation to your grade 4-7 classroom. These comprehensive lesson plans provide lead-ins, main activities and wrap-ups; identify curriculum links and learning outcomes; and are supported by case studies and backgrounders to facilitate deeper inquiry. Grade level: 4-7
  • The NorthWest Air Quality Communicators Network has released an educational booklet on air quality for primary students. A Quest for Clean Air follows two young people as they learn about the causes and impacts of poor air quality, and what can be done to improve it. Suitable your young children, the booklet uses a fun story and activites to generate awareness and introduce ideas for change. The AirwatchNW website also has some great links to information about air quality and online resources. Grade level: K-3
  • ICBC has worked with teachers and road safety experts to prepare these NEW, free of charge learning resources to ensure that B.C. students develop road safety skills and awareness. These educational materials support prescribed learning outcomes as established by the B.C. Ministry of Education for students in Kindergarten through Grade 10. Grade level: K-10
  • Sustainable Happiness and Health Education Teacher’s Guide. Sustainable Happiness is “happiness that contributes to individual, community and/or global well-being and does not exploit other people, the environment, or future generations.” The concept merges principles from sustainability and happiness studies, encouraging individuals, communities and organizations to reflect on opportunities to leave a legacy of sustainable happiness. The Guide contains lesson plans which are designed to meet the Canadian health education curriculum outcomes, and there are versions for every province and territory. Grade lever: K-6
  • Class Transportation Survey (By Cool School Challenge): Students will learn to measure, analyze and interpret transportation data. They will better understand the impact of their transportation choices on CO2 emission levels. This is an excellent lesson plan to use in conjunction with HASTe’s MyTravel Emissions Calculator and Tracking tools. Grade level: 7-12
  • Barriers to Change: The Myths about Vehicle Idling (by Climate Change North): In this lesson, students will learn the common misconceptions about vehicle idling, the effects of idling on climate change, and the logic of social marketing (marketing toward behavior change with information and positive reinforcement). When the students understand that misconceptions about idling are contributing to climate change, they’ll realize that they are in a position to initiate change. Grade Level: 7-12
  • Backgrounder for Sustainable Transportation and Investigating Options for Sustainable Transportation (by The Pembina Institute): Provides information about the impacts of transportation emissions, infrastructure and manufacturing, along with cleaner and more sustainable transportation options. Students begin by reading a backgrounder on sustainable transportation, then conduct research into options for transportation that could be implemented where they live. The final product is a community transportation plan that incorporates maps and descriptions of required technologies, communicated by means of a report and/or presentation to the class.
  • Travel Solutions to Global Warming (by Northeast Sustainable Energy Association): Teacher demonstrates a burning candle experiment with students posing hypotheses, to review the relationship of the carbon cycle, fossil fuels, and the atmospheric CO 2 level. Students then graph the relative populations and production of CO2 by different countries and discuss the results. Students follow up by using a personal trip log to discover simple but powerful solutions. Grade Level: 5-8
  • Idle-Free Teacher’s Resource Kit (By Clean Nova Scotia): This kit contains tools for your 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes to learn about idling… and to take action. Each grade has grade-specific lessons that are aligned to the expected outcomes. These lessons provide the teacher with solid background information that will lead your students to a better understanding of the problematic nature of idling and assist you in answering the many questions that your students will have. Once students and teachers understand the importance of having an idle-free school and decide to undertake making the school idle-free, the kit provides ways to implement an action plan for each grade level. The kit also provides links to downloadable posters, information sheets and other support pieces. Grade Level: 4-6
  • A Teacher’s Guide to Clean Air (By BC Transit): This guide is for Grade Five teachers in BC. No matter where you live in BC, you’ll find an activity or piece of information that will help you bring the clean air topic into your classroom. Much of the guide’s content and clean air actions are meant to be shared with parents, so we hope the discussion topics will find their way home with the students. Grade Level: 5
  • Idle Off (By Destination Conservation): Designed to help students understand the environmental impact of leaving an engine idling. Students will sort out myth from truth on the topic of engine idling and transportation and compare and create guidelines for when to turn engine motors off.


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