Walk To Tuk for Your Class

 November 30, 2017
Posted by ryoung

One of the most exciting updates to Walk to Tuk this year is new rules that make it easier for teachers to form a class team.

Here are a few need to know details.

Why you and your class should participate:

  • It is a free fun team activity open to anyone with great prizes to be won.
  • Everyone is accountable and contributes to the team goal.
  • It is easy to track and watch your team progress along the river.
  • You can connect the challenge to your curriculum.
  • Walking can help students be more focused in class.
  • Walking outside and connecting with nature can have a positive effect on both physical and mental health. It can lower blood pressure, reduce stress levels, and support children’s cognitive development.

How to get started NOW:

  • Register your team at nwtrpa.org.
  • Start planning the new year with Walk to Tuk in mind.
  • Ask students to brainstorm a team name.
  • Set distance goals.
  • Ask students for their favorite walking trails and routes.
  • Start a Walk to Tuk countdown clock.

Special features for class teams:

  • Schools can register faculty teams and/or class teams
  • Class teams can have over 20 participants
  • Students names will not appear on our website if they are registered on a class team
  • Youth size t-shirts are available
  • Classes can walk as a team or individually and report their minutes at school

How Walk to Tuk can support different subject areas:

  • Walk to Tuk is a great way to meet daily physical activity guidelines, celebrate healthy choices, highlight the health benefits of physical activity, and promote the development of positive attitudes towards active living (physical education and health studies).
  • Teach NWT history, social studies, and geography by learning about the culture and heritage of the communities your team passes as they walk to Tuk. You can virtually visit archaeological, national, and territorial historic sites along the river, including Ehdaa in Fort Simpson, Kweteniɂaá (Bear Rock) near Tulít’a, and Kittigazuit in Inuvik.
  • Link the challenge with geology and ecology by exploring the different landscapes that the river passes through. Learn about local flora and fauna, from the moose and black spruce of the taiga plain to the Dall sheep and cotton grass of the Mackenzie Mountains to the caribou and dwarf birch of the Arctic Coast.
  • The challenge includes some basic math Students can calculate their total minutes and add them to the team total. They can also calculate average weekly distances for themselves and their team.
  • Why not include an art project that captures students experiences walking or the places they encounter along the way? Paintings, comics, and digital stories are just a few of the creative ways that students can document their Walk to Tuk journey.
Registration is from December 1 – January 15.