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Road Safety for Intermediate Students

Grades 7 and 8

Research indicates that school-based education programs and resources are key elements in an integrated approach to reduce road fatalities, casualties and trauma. To be successful in changing attitudes and behaviour, road safety education for students must be relevant and applicable to their stage in life.

The lessons in this resource address road safety education – safety recognition, unsafe behaviours related to roadways, driving distractions and ways to prevent crashes. Safety scenario exercises for skateboarding, ATVs and mountain biking are some of the activities included in this section.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The overall teaching and learning strategy will:

  • Include a range of cooperative and collaborative learning strategies addressing differentiated instruction and multiple intelligences;
  • Ensure a flexible approach in allowing for co-construction of meaning and exploration of a variety of perspectives;
  • Address adolescent literacy development and challenges;
  • Reflect thoughtful and coherent use of literacy and learning strategies – explicit, systematic understanding of the conditions for effective strategy instruction, modeling and application;
  • Focus on open-ended questions that engage all learners in higher-order thinking and that prompt learners to explore various ways of thinking, such as describing, analyzing, integrating, comparing and explaining;
  • Provide scaffold support to help each student grow beyond his or her current level of achievement, while gradually releasing responsibility to the student to help foster individual learning;
  • Coach and provide descriptive feedback to small groups of students or individual students during guided and independent activities;
  • Be flexible in terms of instructional approaches, groupings and resources.

The overall teaching and learning strategy will help students to:

  • Develop conceptual understanding, make connections, reorganize information, think critically, and engage in the stance of critical literacy that compels social action;
  • Participate in cooperative learning and engage in productive interaction and talk;
  • Communicate and think through the processes of speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing;
  • Increase focus on problem solving and higher-order thinking;
  • Help students to reshape and reframe their thinking through collaborative learning activities.

Work in small or whole class activities which will help students to:

  • Build inclusive, collaborative communities;
  • Appreciate and build upon student differences;
  • Develop and use higher order thinking skills;
  • Experience social, emotional and academic success;
  • Develop deep understanding of key teachings.

Cross-Curricular Linkages

This teaching resource contains a set of lesson plans to support the delivery of Living Safely through Literacy, while reinforcing key road safety messages. Road safety education is an excellent vehicle for developing general goals and skill sets for literacy and working towards building a safe, realistic and healthy future for Canada’s young people.

Below are some suggestions as to how to modify the student activities to address expectations from other curricular areas.

Health and Physical Education

  • Develop an obstacle course using road signs as stations where students perform a certain exercise.

Mathematics

  • Research the potential speed of each method of transportation, then create a graph comparing the various speeds.
  • Read, interpret and draw conclusions from primary data presented in charts, tables and graphs.
  • Collect and organize data to make convincing arguments.

Literacy

  • Write a letter to the Member of Provincial Parliament in your area requesting stricter penalties for road safety violations.

History

  • Compare and contrast the development of the automobile and bicycle industries and linkages to road safety.

Geography

  • Study the development of road safety signs in various continents. Using a graphic organizer, identify the similarities and differences each continent might have.

School Activities

  • Invite a victim of impaired driving to speak to the school during Road Safety Week.
  • Conduct a writing contest in which students write an essay on the importance of seat belt use  or other safe driving behaviours. The author of the best essay receives a prize or other recognition.
  • Conduct a walkathon to raise awareness. Students might walk around the school or neighbouring roadways, with assistance from the local police service.
  • Create road signs to stress the importance of reading, understanding and following signs.
  • Conduct a karaoke Day, using songs that have words related to roads and trails.
  • Integrate daily physical activity (DPA) by creating station games using road signs for particular physical activities.

See the Community Engagement Kit for more ideas, tools and tips to bring together the community for a road safety event.

See Adaptation Tips for a list of tips and aspects to consider when adapting these activities to fit your class needs.