Walking Your Way to Safety

Kindergarten – Grade 3 Lesson 2: Walking Your Way to Safety

Subject Area: Pedestrian Safety

Time required: 60 minutes

Title: Walking Your Way to Safety

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

Summary of Lesson

Students will learn pedestrian safety rules as they walk through their neighbourhood.

Language

  • Reading: Read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, graphic and informational tests, using a range of strategies to construct meaning.
  • Oral: Listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations and for a variety of purposes. Use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

Materials

Optional

Appendix 4: Communication and Application of Knowledge Rubric

Introduction/Minds On: (3-5 minutes)

  • Have students stand up and march on the spot.
  • Ask students questions about pedestrian safety (see Appendix 1).
  • When students answer “yes”, have them turn around march in the opposite direction. If they answer “no”, have them continue to march in the same direction.

Development/Action: (50 minutes)

Before The Walk

  • You may want to verify the board and school policy for outings outside the school.
  • Ask the students what the pedestrian safety rules on the streets and on railway tracks are and discuss.
  • Introduce the pedestrian safety rules (see Appendix 2).
  • With input from students, plan a 20 minute walk through the school’s neighbourhood. Draw a map of the selected route, or take digital photos of the route, and share with the class.
  • If possible, select streets with sidewalks and a route that has at least one opportunity to cross the road.
  • Ensure you have at least one other leader to walk at the back of the line and that students are aware that they need to walk beside a partner and stay in a line when they walk.

During the Walk

Discuss the rules of pedestrian safety as the students are walking. Point out familiar street signs and discuss their meaning. Refer to Appendix 3: Sample questions for Neighbourhood Walk.

Consolidation/Debrief: (3-5 minutes)

When the students are back in the classroom, ask them what they observed. What rules did they have to follow so they were safe on the road? Collectively, make a list of words related to pedestrian safety and hang them in the classroom.

Variation

If your school is in a rural area and you would like to familiarize the class with an urban setting, you might create a mock neighbourhood in the school yard or gymnasium.

Teacher Assessment

Use Appendix 4: Communication and Application of Knowledge Rubric, to assess students.