Digital Road Safety Education Resources
Our RoadSMARTS4Kids library of resources offers activities, challenges, downloadable lesson plans, presentations, videos and our RoadSMARTS E-cademy virtual courses, that make learning important road safety concepts, skills and awareness fun and engaging elementary age children.
These resources are free, easy to use and cover a variety or age-appropriate road safety teachings. Topics such as cycling, walking, sharing our roads, booster seat safety and preparing to walk places alone for the first time are explored in engaging ways and satisfy Ministry curriculum requirements around health and safety, active living, spatial skills, reading and math.
Downloadable Lesson Plans and Materials
RoadSMARTS 4 Kids Teacher Modules
These downloadable modules, essentially a “30 minute program in a can” are designed to be delivered by teachers and include:
- Lesson prep overview with required materials
- Suggested lesson script
- Powerpoint presentations
- Short videos
- Activities and supporting activity sheets
Free Virtual e-learning Courses
RoadSMARTS E-cademy Virtual Courses
The RoadSMARTS E-cademy Courses feature:
- A suite of e-learning courses for students JK-Grade 6.
- Targeted to age group
- Each course takes between 20–40 minutes to complete.
- Pre and Post Course Quizzes test students knowledge
- Students have full interaction with course and earn points
- Students can download personalized certificate upon course completion
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Explore our Educational Road Safety Programs
JK – Grade 6
Concepts taught in our WalkSAFE programs include walking safely near traffic, intersections & crosswalk, how to read traffic and pedestrian lights, the 5 steps to crossing the street, visual barriers, how clothing helps us see and be seen, making eye contact with other road users, right of way/wait your turn, except the unexpected, the dangers of distraction and stopping distances for vehicles.
Grade 1 – Grade 6
CycleSAFE prepares students and kids with skills and awareness needed to safely share our roads with other road users. Less about how to ride a bike, it focuses on how to stay safe while sharing the road riding your bike. Concepts taught include hand signals, communicating with other road users, safe gear (i.e., helmet fitting), interpreting road signs and traffic lights, shoulder checks, hazards scanning, how to fall safely, cycling on different terrains, right of way, lane vs edge riding and the dangers of selective attention and target fixation.
Grade 3 – Grade 6
The WalkALONE program is designed to help parents and educator determine if a child is ready to start walking some places on their own. It prepares them to do so safely by covering concepts such as readiness, judgement & decision making, road safety rules, people smarts, safe zones, emergency preparedness, and safe route planning. Students follow along in a workbook throughout the program and once complete, their workbook serves as a guide with checklist for reference any time they want to try walking somewhere new. Students will earn and download their personalized WalkAlone license.
Grade 1 – Grade 3
The BESTFIT Booster program provides an overview of the two types of booster seats, who uses them and why. Safety concepts such as how booster seats prevent injuries, how to wear your seatbelt properly, and how you know you are the right height to move from a booster seat into sitting in a regular seat with a seatbelt are reinforced. Finally, students will participate in a measuring activity to see if their height is in the recommended range for using a booster seat.
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