- "D.W. Rides Again"
In the heart of four-year-old D.W. lurks one big, gnawing desire... TO GET RID OF THOSE TRAINING WHEELS! With Arthur's help, D.W. embarks on a crash course to learn the rules of the road (like how to use your brakes). Based on a book of the same title by Marc Brown.
- "A Parade of Bikes"
Kami and Sarah are preparing for a bike parade. Barney reminds them that riding bicycles and tricycles is good exercise. They soon discover there are lots of things with wheels - from unicycles to rickshaws to bicycles built for two. Nick is impressed with professional bike racers, which leads to a discussion with Mr. Boyd about bicycle safety.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Bicycle Makeover - Learn about the parts of a bike by decorating it with streamers and license plates.
- Barney: Fun with Bikes! - Discuss different kinds of bicycles and the safety rules that should be followed when riding a bike.
- Harriman Expedition: How Has Transportation Changed Since the 1899 Harriman Expedition? - Learn how transportation has changed from 1899 to 2001.
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Wheel Toys -Explore the many different types of wheels and what forces make them go fast or slow.
- Reading Rainbow: The Bicycle Man - Build your own vehicle that can move along a flat surface.
- Reading Rainbow: Meanwhile Back At the Ranch Family Activity - Plan a bicycle rodeo in your neighborhood.
- Arthur: Crank It Up - Choose items to help D.W. make music while she rides her bicycle.
- Barney: Storytime - Barney Says "Play Safely" - Read about how Barney and his friends ride bikes safely to the playground.
- Barney: The Wheels on the Bike - Sing along with Barney to this familiar tune.
- Cyberchase: Bike Route - Help Inez find the best bike route to get her errands done.
- The Bicycle Man
By Allen Say
Published March 1989 by Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books
In a small village in Japan, two American soldiers do amazing tricks on a borrowed bicycle.
- Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel
By Christopher Wormell
Published February 2001 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers
When Blue Rabbit rides his bicycle into a rock, he loses a wheel. He follows it and meets a squirrel, badger, and turtle. A "whizzing thing" has knocked them all down, so they follow the trail of the "thing" in a great circle that leads them to a wheel, a bike, and the culprit-Blue Rabbit. This book is for children 4-8.
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