Introduction to Road Safety Resource

Why Teach Road Safety?

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of preventable injury and death for children and youth in Ontario. Road fatalities, injuries and trauma have enormous impacts on individuals, families and communities. Education on road safety needs to start at a young age and continue as children grow, while keeping the safety topics relevant according to their age.

The Road Safety Resource was developed by educators and includes engaging lesson plans for students from kindergarten to grade 12, including age-based road safety information, adaptation tips, lesson plans by age group and Community Engagement Kits (e.g. Road Safety Week event ideas). This resource is designed to provide youth with the life skills they need to be safe pedestrians, passengers and drivers and to prevent collisions from happening in the first place.

Guided Lesson Plans

This section includes lesson plans with cross-curricular links to literacy, health and physical education as well as many expectations in other subject areas. Various themes (outlined below) related to road safety are integrated into the lessons.

Kindergarten to Grade 6

  • Pedestrian and railroad crossing safety
  • School bus and passenger safety
  • Biking, rollerblading and skateboarding safety

Lesson Plans: Kindergarten to Grade 3 | Grades 4-6

Grades 7 to 12

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding and aggressive driving
  • Alcohol and drug-impaired driving
  • Technology and road safety
  • All-terrain vehicle safety

Lesson Plans: Grades 7 & 8 | Grades 9 -12

Community Engagement Toolkit

The resource also provides tools to assist in integrating the greater school community by offering:

  • Community-based project ideas with supporting references and documents for easy implementation
  • Marketing campaigns for schools and communities
  • Active, innovative and practical topics related to road safety
  • Full-day and week-long campaigns with a variety of activities, step-by-step instructions, checklists and ideas for community involvement
  • School-based learning programs and campaigns as well as community involvement are key elements of an integrated approach to reducing road-related injuries and fatalities.

Check out the Community Engagement Toolkit Section

A Healthy School Includes Road Safety

The Ministry of Education encourages practices that help schools and school boards, in partnership with the home and the community, to create a learning environment that promotes child and student well-being. The goal of promoting well-being emphasizes the need to focus not just on academic success but also on the whole child – their cognitive, emotional, social and physical development.

Physical activity contributes to well-being and is part of a healthy school. In the updated resource, sample strategies and activities related to active transportation are included in the Physical activity section. For further information, please visit ontario.ca/healthyschools.