Education

Classroom Based Curriculum

Safety Lessons and Activities

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Pedestrian Safety Lessons- The Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum teaches and encourages pedestrian safety for students grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade. It is organized into five lessons: walking near traffic, crossing streets, crossing intersections, parking lot safety, and school bus safety. Each lesson builds upon previous set of skills learned. Looking for more information about implementing the curriculum? Watch our Webinar to learn more.

  • Middle School Pedestrian Safety Tip Sheet - Use this tip sheet to adapt the NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Curriculum for middle school students. The tip sheet includes classroom activities that can help extend the reach of the original curriculum.
  • Pedestrian Safer Journey Videos: Pedestrian Safer Journey helps educators, parents and others who care about pedestrian safety to get the conversation started with children and youth. Three videos — one for elementary, middle and high school grades — accompanied by a quiz or discussion and an educator's resource library can be used as an introduction to pedestrian safety skills or to supplement the NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Curriculum above.
  • SC Performance Standards and the NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Curriculum – All five lesson plans in the child pedestrian safety curriculum address South Carolina Performance standards for Physical Education and Health Education. Click on the link for details.
  • Pedestrian Safety Activity and Materials from SafeKids
  • Willie Whistle - The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has created a video to help teach children pedestrian safety skills.
  • On The Safe Side - Safe Kids South Carolina will be launching a pilot safety series in 2012. Each month, Safe Kids will issue resources targeting a different safety issue for elementary and middle school children. Materials will include posters, tip sheets, interactive activities, art project ideas and teacher guides.
  • Operation Lifesaver: Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization that offers free rail safety education programs. They have trained instructors all across that state that can present safety lessons to your students. You may also visit their website for teacher resources and lesson plans. Please contact your SRTS School Outreach Coordinator if you are interested in requesting an Operation Lifesaver presenter for your school.
  • SC Office of Highway Safety: Request to have an officer come speak at your school about safety! Also check out these additional resources for Back to School Safety.
  • Bus Safety: Share these fun activities with your students to teach and encourage them to follow school bus safety rules.
    Pennsylvania DOT School Bus Safety Activity Book
    Rudy’s Rules Activity Book- Davis Bus Company
  • Right of Way: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created this activity to help teach students about right-of-way rules at intersections. Use these to help demonstrate the appropriate procedures.

Tip Sheets

Physical Activity and Healthy Lessons and Activities

  • PECentral.org - Health and physical education lesson plan ideas.
  • WalkBiketoSchool.org - Classroom activities that encourage walking and biking.
  • Energizers - Classroom based physical activity ideas developed by East Carolina University. Ways teachers can integrate physical activity with academic concepts.
    K-2 Energizers

    3-5 Energizers
    Middle School Energizers
  • Nestle and the National Education Association Health Information Network - created 31 lessons to teach K-3 students basic nutrition and physical activity concepts. The lessons, which meet national standards for health, math, science, English/language arts, and social studies curricula, include easy-to-follow instructions and supplementary materials, lesson extensions and more.
  • Revamp your school’s health curriculum Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) is an evidence-based program aimed at increasing physical activity, promoting healthy food choices and preventing smoking in preschool, elementary and middle-school-age children. It’s been in action for more than 10 years and is now used in more than 7,500 schools across the United States and Canada.
  • Physical Activity Book List. Let’s Go!, the nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program, publishes a list of books for young children that can help promote physical activity.
  • Active Transportation Alliance -Active Transportation Alliance’s education resources can be used in the classroom, in before and after school programs to promote physical health and protect the environment through sustainable transportation. The resources provide opportunities for children to engage in healthy and safe physical activities and to learn how to make transportation choices that are both environmentally sustainable and economically smart.
  • Safety Scavenger Hunt: Use this activity to help create discussion on pedestrian and bicycle safety while being active at school! Consider incorporating technology by taking pictures to create presentations, or simply write answers down as you are walking around the school.

Envrionmentally Friendly Lessons and Activities

  • iSchool Travel Calculator- Check out this online tool to help students and educators track and reduce school-related transport emissions. The tool calculates distances for multi modes of travel to and from school, calories burned through active travel, and greenhouse gas emissions and gasoline cost through vehicle use.  HASTE (Hub for Active School Travel) also has lesson plans listed on their site to use in conjunction with the school travel calculator. 

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