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