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Traffic Safety Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

This lesson plan offers your students the opportunity to discuss road safety when walking or riding a bike as well as enjoy hands-on activities to practice what they have learned.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain appropriate times to cross a street
  • Identify significant road signs
  • Demonstrate road safety techniques

Length

1-2 Hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.1

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.4

Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.

Key Terms

  • Pedestrian
  • Crosswalk
  • School Zone
  • Traffic

Materials

  • Printed transcript of the text lesson Traffic Lesson for Kids: Rules & Safety and hard copies of the lesson quiz
  • Audio/Video equipment
  • Visual aids showing common road signs (including):
    • School Zone
    • Caution
    • Stop Sign
    • Image of a crosswalk (image from the lesson)
    • Cross walk sign (showing 'walk' and 'don't walk')
  • Coloring-in pages with full page images of common road signs
  • Art supplies
  • Large boxes (ask parents to supply)
  • Paper towel tubes (ask parents to supply)
  • Masking tape or chalk

Warm-up

  • Ask your students to raise their hand if they have ever walked across a street.
  • Ask if they know the rules for walking across the street (expect most to say ''Stop. Look both ways. Listen for cars. Look again and walk across.'')
  • Tell your students that today they will be learning more about traffic safety and how to be safe while walking along side roads.
  • Write the 'Key Terms' on the board and ask students to think about what they mean.
  • Instruct your students to think about the terms and be ready to define them at the end of the lesson.

Instruction

  • Hand out the transcripts of the text lesson Traffic Lesson for Kids: Rules & Safety.
  • Read the introduction and section 'Too Many Cars' {note: instruct your students to follow along with you as you read or, if your students are able, ask for volunteers to read}. Ask:
    • What is a traffic jam?
    • Have you ever experienced anything a dangerous while riding in a car, walking or riding a bike?
    • What did you do?
  • Read 'Pedestrian Tips'. Display the image of a crosswalk before the last paragraph of the section. Discuss:
    • What is a pedestrian?
    • Do you think someone riding a skateboard on the sidewalk could also be called a pedestrian? What about a bicyclist?
    • Why should you always cross at a crosswalk?
    • How do you know where to find a crosswalk?
  • Read 'Sharing The Road'. Ask:
    • Why do you think you should wear bright clothes when riding your bike?
    • Do bicyclists have to follow the same road rules (like stopping at red lights) as cars? Why?
  • Display the other traffic signs and signals (such as the sign for school zone, stop, caution, a traffic light and the walk/don't walk signs). Discuss what each sign means and what your students should do when they see each.
  • Read 'Use Your Senses'. Ask:
    • Which senses do you use most to keep you safe on the roads? How?
    • Do you ever need other senses besides sight and hearing to be safe while walking or riding?
  • Read 'Bus Stop Safety'. Discuss:
    • Would anyone like to share a time they saw unsafe behavior at a bus stop?
    • Besides cars not stopping when they should, what other dangers are at bus stops?
    • How can you stay safe at a bus stop?
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary'. Review all of the 'Key Terms' with your students. Ask students if they have any questions or comments before taking the quiz.
  • Hand out the lesson quiz. Go over each question and answer with the class after they have finished it.

Activities

Prepare the Props

Materials

  • Coloring sheets
  • Paper towel tubes (ask parents to supply these)
  • Art supplies (markers/crayons and scissors)
  • Tape

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