Vehicle Safety

Small groups contribute to a gallery of safety posters addressing rules and safety suggestions for cycling, riding an ATV, in-line skating, skateboarding, walking and snowmobiling.

Grade Level: Grades 4 – 6

Subject: Traffic and Road Safety

Time Required: 50-60 Minutes

Overall Expectations:

  • HPE – Healthy Living Strand
  • LL – Language and Literacy
  • A – Arts
  • ML – Media Literacy

Introduction/Minds On:
(10 minutes)

  • Hand out a card listing an action (wearing a seatbelt, wearing a bike helmet, being a safe car passenger, look all ways before you cross the street, use proper hand signals while cycling/riding a snow mobile, cycling, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding, in-line skating, skateboarding, walking/jogging, or snowmobiling) to each student.
  • Have students walk around the class for two minutes miming the action they have been given.
  • Ask students to name the actions of their classmates.

(30 minutes)

  • Have students work in six small groups to brainstorm rules and suggestions to stay safe while cycling, riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), in-line skating, skateboarding, walking/jogging and snowmobiling.
  • Have students write or draw their ideas on a poster (as a group).
  • Display the posters in the class for a Gallery Walk.
  • Using Appendix 1 (Jot Notes Gallery Walk) have students write observations about the posters as they walk around the classroom.
  • Once all students have had the opportunity to examine the posters, have each student present their poster to the class. This will allow students to make changes and to elaborate on their poster summary, using Appendix 1 (Jot Notes Gallery Walk).
  • Have students refer to Appendix 2 (Vehicular Activities Rules and Risks) and Appendix 3 (How to Wear a Bike Helmet and Cycling Hand Signals) to identify and add any missing rules and risks associated with different vehicular activities.

(10 minutes)

Have students examine the Vehicle Safety Illustrations in Appendix 4, then identify risks associated with the six activities discussed throughout the lesson. Write point-form notes of their observations. As a class, review the rules, risks and repercussions associated with the students’ observations (for example, personal safety risks such as brain injury or breaking the law by not wearing a seat belt).

Teacher Assessment

Use Appendix 5: Conferencing Checklist, to assess students.


Have students select one medium to convey a persuasive message about the importance of road safety and their activity (for example, brochure, PowerPoint, jingle or poster).

Materials List

Appendix 1: Jot Notes Gallery Walk

Appendix 2: Vehicular Activities Rules and Risks

Appendix 3: How to Wear a Bike Helmet and Cycling Hand Signals

Appendix 4: Vehicle Safety Illustration

Appendix 5: Conferencing Checklist

Index cards or small pieces of paper

Six large poster sizes pieces of paper

Download all appendices

More information: Car Safety topic page

More information: Bicycle Safety topic page

More information: Off-Road Vehicles topic page

More information: Owning and Operating a Snowmobile topic page

Learning Outcomes

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.

Media: Create a variety of media texts for different purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions and techniques.

Art: Produce two- and three-dimensional works of art that communicate a range of ideas (thoughts, feelings, experiences) for specific purposes and to specific audiences.