Pedestrian Safety

Grades 4-6 Lesson 3: Pedestrian Safety

Subject Area: Traffic and Road Safety

Time required: 50-60 minutes

Title: Pedestrian Safety

Overall Expectations: HPE– Healthy Living Strand,HPE – Physical Activity (DPA),LL – Language and Literacy

Summary of Lesson

Through a safety expedition with a buddy from a primary class, students will model and support the learning of primary students, while reviewing and reinforcing their own prior knowledge.


  • Oral: Use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
  • Writing: Generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience.



  • Appropriate trip forms should be completed for this lesson.
  • Attention should be paid to party supplies and classroom allergies (for example, bringing foods to school, latex allergies with balloons).
  • Photos could be taken to create a celebration display board of the task.

Introduction/Minds On: (10 minutes)

Explain to students that they will be creating a safety walk expedition for their primary safety buddy. Brainstorm safety rules and risks (Appendix 4) that should be communicated during the walk.

Development/Action: (30 minutes)

  • Divide the class into small groups, encouraging students to select their own work group.
  • Each group will complete one of the required tasks, including:
    • Write a letter to the primary student’s parents (for example, a typed letter outlining the route, map and rules). (appendix 1);
    • Identify what to tell their buddy about safety rules during the walk.(appendix 4);
    • Plan a healthy celebration following the walk. (appendix 2).
    • Note: Rotate each group during the activity and review the tasks (identifying safety messages, how to write a letter, and characteristics of a healthy party).
  • Have each group share its work with the class.
  • Have students meet with their safety buddy to explain the walking rules and provide them with the parent letter.
  • Complete the walk and celebration.

Consolidation/Debrief: (10 minutes)

Using  Appendix 2: Planning a Healthy Celebration, as a guide, incorporate a review of the safety rules into your celebration. Partners can earn points for correct answers and you might determine a safety buddy champion.


Use  Appendix 5 from lesson 2, Conference Checklist, or Appendix 3 from this lesson to assess students. You will be assessing each student’s safety, active participation and living skills during walk.