LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—In preparation for the highly anticipated return of the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling road race in February, a specially developed classroom curriculum has been distributed to fourth- through sixth-grade instructors and students in the 12 California "host" cities selected for the 650-mile race.
Through interactive lessons, the 2008 curriculum educates students about the history of cycling and includes bike safety and maintenance tips. Provided to more than 200 schools, the booklet also provides information about the state of California, including targeted lesson plans that use cycling as a means to teach core subjects such as math, science and geography.
"We are proud to work with the Amgen Tour of California in bringing you an educational booklet for students in grades four through six," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in his opening note to teachers. “Our hope is that you will use this handbook to increase your awareness of cycling and to encourage your students to start riding a bicycle for exercise, recreation and lifelong health."
"We saw an incredible level of support from young people in every community we visited during the past two Amgen Tour of California races," said Kristin Bachochin, senior director of AEG Sports, presenter of the race. "This curriculum is designed to further engage young Californians and not only get them excited about cycling, but also educate them about how to lead an active lifestyle and the benefits of developing healthy habits at a young age."
In addition to informative lessons about bike safety, team sports, the history of cycling and the geography of California, classroom activities such as weather charting, crossword puzzles and word searches allow educators to reach students with engaging material developed specifically for students in grades four through six.
Some host cities will augment the curriculum with activities such as drawing, coloring and essay contests, as well as spirit and participation contests among local schools.