The World Health Organization recommends 60 minutes per day of exercise for children ages 5-17. You’ve heard the expression a mile a minute? Participants in Capital Trek earn one mile for each minute of aerobic exercise. The “miles” add up as students move from capital to capital, starting and ending in their own state capital. For example, students starting in Austin, TX, engage in 394 minutes of exercise to reach Baton Rouge, LA, which is 394 miles away. Upon reaching Baton Rouge, each student receives a Highlights and Questions page and an Activity Page. The questions and the activity pages focus on academic skills in reading, writing, math, geography, logic, history, science, etymology, critical and creative thinking, and research. Students record each day’s progress on personal tracking sheets, and a cumulative tracking sheet for the class or group marks progress toward the next capital.
Compete among classes or groups to see who can trek through all the capitals first, or cooperate as a class or group to finish the program in a predetermined amount of time. Make it a class or school fundraiser, a grade level competition, or a partnership between the regular classroom and the physical education program. My husband (a veteran elementary p.e. teacher) used it with his after-school Play 360 Club. Homeschool co-ops and support groups might sponsor inter-family or inter-group competitions.
Working together, a group of 20 can complete in less than six weeks the almost 18,000 minutes required to get through all 50 capitals, even if less than half of each student’s recommended exercise per day is aerobic. Your imagination sets the limit for what you can do with it!