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Author

Green Ninja

Grades

K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Subjects

Science, Health

Resource Type

  • Videos, 2 minutes, 28 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

School of Walk

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Synopsis
  • This short, animated video features a playful group of friends who are inspired to write a rap about how walking is better than driving after one of them is late to school because of traffic.
  • Students will hear some of the many reasons why walking is better for the environment (and their health) than driving.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The characters are entertaining and the graphics are playful, so these videos hold students' attention well.
  • Music can be a great way to connect with people, so the message in this video may be especially impactful for many students.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Some students may need background information on the environmental impacts of the transportation sector.
  • The lyrics are fast-paced, so watching twice and giving students a purpose for listening ("listen to find out...") may help with comprehension.

Differentiation

  • Provide students with a T-chart and ask them to take notes on both the health and environmental impacts of walking rather than driving.
  • Ask students to create posters or other advertisements encouraging people in their communities to reduce their carbon footprint by choosing to walk rather than drive more often.
  • For students who are unable to walk to school, brainstorm other places they might be able to walk instead of driving.
  • Language Arts or Music classes could put students in groups and have them write poems, rhymes, raps, or songs motivating others to reduce their carbon footprints.
  • Discuss other low-carbon travel options that may be more feasible in communities that are less walkable.
  • This video would be a great introduction to another resource about transportation options, such as this video about what makes cities walkable.
  • Since climate change can often be a heavy, emotional topic for students, consider using this video as a way to wrap up a lesson in a way that is lighter, yet still inspires action.
Scientist Notes
This video centers around a group of friends, along with the green ninja, singing a song about walking as an alternative to driving. This video would make a great addition to a classroom discussing climate change and how walking to school is not only healthy for students but good for the environment.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.K-2 Identify ways to take action to help address local, regional, and global problems.
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • National Health Education Standards
    • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
      • 1.2.1 Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
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