Lesson Plans

These plans are all downloadable as pdfs.

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Safety Lesson Plans

Safety Art (grades 1+) prepares children for International Walk to School Day, or for a school’s individual promotion of “Walk & Roll to School” days/event. The lesson reviews the four most fantastic reasons to walk and ride and the six simple steps to staying safe. The children make picket style signs to carry and large banners to place at staging areas and in front of schools. Making these signs gets kids excited about the event and equips them with a device which makes them more visible in traffic.
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Stop! Look! Listen! (2nd grade) is a lesson addressing the behavior that statistically causes the greatest number of injuries for child pedestrians: failure to stop at the edge and look for traffic. The lesson uses direct instruction, the National Safety Council’s DVD, “Step into Safety with ASIMO,” modeling and practice. Children will learn the life-long importance of stopping at every edge, looking left, right, then left again (all the way over the shoulder), listening for cars and only crossing if it's clear. The class also covers crossing streets with parked cars, crossing at intersections, an overview of traffic lights and signals, and how to communicate with motorists.
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The Walk Around the Block (2nd grade) The course is a kinesthetic follow-on of street crossing situations and the lessons learned in Stop! Look! Listen!. Under supervision of adults, students will practice a safe mid-block crossing (with parked cars), learn about edges such as blind driveways/pathways, and practice safely crossing at intersections and crosswalks. Students will observe drivers’ behaviour and demonstrate their eye contact/communication skills with drivers.
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Helmet Safety & Crash Analysis (4th grade) is a demonstration-based lesson that teaches the importance of wearing a helmet and proper helmet fit (i.e. why, how & when to wear a helmet). The lesson uses the "egg drop" method of showing the effectiveness of a helmet and the short video, “Travis' Story” to illustrate the grave consequences of brain damage This testimonial by another young person impresses children with the risk they take if they don't wear a properly fitting helmet. We also discuss what causes crashes, and ‘poll the audience’ to find out who crashed, why, and (if time permits) how they could prevent such a crash from happening again.
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The Traffic Safety Game Show (4th grade) Because crashes with traffic typically are the most injurious, we dedicate an entire class period to how to avoid those most common to youths when either walking or biking. The instructors use a demonstration mat with toy cars/cyclists/pedestrians to enact the various traffic scenarios, as well as other props. The students are arranged in small groups around the mat, and utilize their critical thinking skills to try to answer 12 safety questions, compare answers, and learn from the instructor the right answer, why and how to execute it themselves. Students learn the importance of being visible, predictable, alert and properly prepared.
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The Wheels in Motion (WIM) Bike Skills Challenge (4th grade) offers children an opportunity to practice and apply the lessons learned in the Helmet Safety and Traffic safety classes, such as the importance of stopping at every edge, looking for/communicating with traffic, traffic laws and remaining in control, at all times when riding a bike. This is achieved through a series of bike handling drills and the simulation of traffic situations. Each session begins with a safety check of the bicycles and the helmet. Four stations give students the opportunity to practice a variety of specific bike handling skills and procedures for operating a bike safely and legally in traffic.
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Environmental Lesson Plans

Family Mouse Behind the Wheel (Grades K-2) is a fable with an environmental message. When the forest creatures vote to develop their home in the name of progress they wind up in gridlock. They learn their lesson though, and abandon their automobiles in favor of preserving their forest home in it's natural state. Download the pdf.

Greenhouse in a Bottle (Grades 5 and 6) is a hands on science project or can be set up as a demonstration. Students work in teams to simulate the earth's environment; doing a comparison and contrast of a pre and post-greenhouse atmosphere. After the class sets up the experiment, while waiting for the results, we have an opportunity to discuss how cars and non-renewable energy affects the environment. Download the pdf.

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