Grade Level: Grades 4 – 6
Subject: Traffic and Road Safety
Time Required: 50-60 Minutes
- HPE – Healthy Living Strand
- HPE – Physical Activity (DPA)
- LL – Language and Literacy
- Appropriate trip forms should be completed for this lesson.
- Attention should be paid to party supplies and classroom allergies (for example, bringing certain foods to school, latex allergies with balloons).
- Photos could be taken to create a celebration display board of the event.
- 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.
- 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 celebrate.
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 3 from this lesson to assess students. You will be assessing each student’s safety, active participation and living skills during the walk.
Appendix 1: How to Write a Letter
Appendix 2: Planning a Healthy Celebration
Appendix 3: Teacher Observation Checklist
Appendix 4: Pedestrian Safety Tips and Rules
Writing utensils and paper for each student
Permission forms and photo release
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.