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Safety Tips With Officer Buckle and Gloria

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Safety Tips With Officer Buckle and Gloria

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Melissa Weimer

Waterford, Michigan


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps






  • Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam Juvenile, 1995)

  • Bike helmet

  • Two not-too-ripe melons or small pumpkins

  • Computers with Internet access

  • Pencils, markers, or crayons

  • Chart paper

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Book Cover Creator

Grades   K – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Book Cover Creator

The Book Cover Creator is designed to allow users to type and illustrate front book covers, front and back covers, and full dust jackets. Students can use the tool to create new covers for books that they read as well as to create covers for books they write individually or as a class.


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RWT Cover Creator

Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

RWT Cover Creator

Cover Creator allows users to type and illustrate covers for a variety of media.


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1. Consider potential safety topics to focus on with your students. These may vary depending on the location of your school. For example, students who live in rural areas may need to know about different safety issues than students who live in large cities. Some possibilities include:

  • Bicycle safety (e.g., wearing helmets)

  • Health safety (e.g., washing hands)

  • Food safety and sanitation (e.g., thoroughly cooking foods)

  • Car seat and seatbelt safety (e.g., wearing seatbelts)

  • Stranger danger (e.g., avoiding strangers)

  • Household safety (e.g., having flashlights for emergencies)

  • Fire safety (e.g., how to exit a building during a fire)

  • Environment safety (e.g., putting out campfires)

  • Cyber safety (e.g., only going to websites appropriate for children)

  • Water and boating safety (e.g., wearing life jackets)

  • Weather safety and emergency preparedness (e.g., what to do during a tornado)

  • Drugs and alcohol (e.g., saying "no")

  • Medicines in the home (e.g., keeping medicines out of reach of children)

  • School, bus, and playground safety (e.g., walking, not running, in the halls)

  • Sports safety (e.g., wearing appropriate safety gear)

  • Babyproofing at home (e.g., putting covers on electrical outlets)
2. Review the websites on the Safety-Related Books and Websites sheet for additional safety topic ideas.

3. Preview the book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. Pay attention to the various safety tips presented throughout the book and consider how you can talk with your students about them. Note the part of the book where safety tips are not followed and what the possible consequences could be.

4. Decide where you will exhibit students' finished safety tip posters so students can share their messages with others. Make appropriate arrangements for the posters to be displayed. Some possibilities include the school, local library, local police or fire station, city hall, or community center.

5. To prepare for Session 1, look at the Bicycle Helmet Demonstrations website. Take a bicycle helmet to the grocery store with you and purchase two not-too-ripe melons or small pumpkins that fit inside the helmet. Draw a smiley face on one melon or pumpkin and a sad face on the other. Make copies of the Family note and Safety Problems and Solutions Homework worksheet for your students.

6. To prepare for Session 2, make copies of the Safety Tip Poster Draft worksheet for students.

7. To prepare for Session 3, arrange for time for students to use computers that have Internet access to create their posters either in the classroom or the school computer lab. Access the Book Cover Creator and make sure it works properly. (You will need the latest version of Flash; visit the Site Tools page for a free download.) Add it to the favorites on the computers your students will be using.

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