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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|
- Relate prior knowledge to textual information by recognizing safety problems in a text and retelling the central ideas of a story as they develop safety solutions
- Use spoken, written, and visual language to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes by creating safety tip posters and presenting them to different groups of people
The Bicycle Helmet Demonstrations in this session are credited to Dr. Hal Fenner of the Snell Foundation.
|1.||Show students the helmet. Ask questions such as the following:
|2.||At the top of a sheet of chart paper, write the question, Why do people use helmets? Record students' responses.
Melon and Helmet Demonstration
|3.||Tell students that you are going to demonstrate how important wearing a helmet can be when riding a bike or skateboard.
|4.||Show students the two melons, explaining that the melons represent heads. Inform them that the melons are going for a pretend bike ride and will get in an accident.
|5.||As you put the helmet on the smiling melon, ask students, "Why do you think this melon is smiling?" Then inquire about the other melon, "Why do you think this melon is sad?"
|6.||Hold in front of you the melon that is not wearing a helmet. Have students count to three, and then drop it on the floor. It will smash apart. This will have a big impact on your students!
|7.||Do the same with the helmeted melon. Hold the melon with the helmet facing toward the floor. Have students count to three again, and then drop it. The melon should last for at least three drops before it cracks.
|8.||Have students evaluate what happened during the demonstration. Some questions you could include:
|9.||Tell students you are going to read a book about safety and will be learning about safety problems and solutions during this lesson.
|10.||Show students the book Officer Buckle and Gloria, and tell them that it was written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann.
|11.||Have students make predictions about the story as you show them the cover of the book, such as who the characters are, what the setting is, what the problem may be, and what they think will happen in the book.
|12.||Read the book aloud. You can stop as you are reading to allow students to make comments or ask questions as you see fit.
|13.||Review the book by asking students about the accident that happens at the end of the story, showing the pages as needed.
|14.||Go back through the book to highlight with students the many safety tips throughout the pages and on the front and inside covers. Students will find some of the tips pretty funny, especially the ones with drawings of Gloria. You may casually talk about the safety tips during this time, such as if students have heard of any of the tips before, where they have heard them, and why the tips would be important to know.
Identifying Safety Problems and Safety Solutions
|15.||Go over the following safety problems with students, having students explain why they are problems and what possible safety solutions to each one could be. Some possible responses are listed in the table below.
|16.||Encourage students to think of other safety problems along with why they could be dangerous and how to avoid them.
|17.||Tell students they will be completing a homework assignment with their families to write down two safety problems, identify why they are problems, and come up with a solution for each. Stress how important it is for them to do this homework because they will need to use it during the next session.
|18.||Announce that students will be creating safety tip posters similar to the ones that Officer Buckle and Gloria make in the book and that the posters will be displayed for other people to read so they can learn about safety. Emphasize the significance of communicating safety tips with others because the tips can help protect people, animals, and the environment.
Homework (due before Session 2): Send home a copy of the Safety Problems and Solutions Homework worksheet and the Family note with each student after Session 1. Have students complete and return the homework assignment to you prior to Session 2. This is a fairly simple assignment and could reasonably be sent home the night after Session 1 to be returned within the next day or two so you can proceed to Session 2. If a student does not return his or her homework assignment prior to Session 2, you could provide time in class for that student to get the assignment done.
Before this session, review the homework that students turned in and make sure the assignments are adequately completed.
|1.||Review Officer Buckle and Gloria with students. Some possible guiding questions to ask are the following:
|2.||Reread the book aloud to students. This will give them an opportunity to recall the events of the story and deepen their comprehension of the text.
|3.||Return the homework assignments to students, and allow them to review their ideas. Ask a few students to share the safety problems and safety solutions that they wrote down.
|4.||Have students begin working on drafts of their safety tip posters next.
|5.||Give students time to work on the drafts for their posters. Work with students and offer assistance as needed. If students do not complete their drafts at school, they can finish them for homework. As students finish, mark the box at the bottom of each student's worksheet to indicate that you have reviewed and approved the draft.
Note: If some students finish their work early, you may direct them to participate in one of the activities listed in the Extensions section.
This session may need to be repeated, depending on your access to computers, if there is not enough time for all students to complete their posters in one session.
|1.||Have students use the Book Cover Creator to create their final safety tip posters.
|2.||Tips to follow when using the Book Cover Creator:
|3.||After students have printed copies of their posters, they will need to work on creating drawings that illustrate their safety tips.
|1.||Give each student an opportunity to share his or her safety tip poster with the class. Encourage students to hold up their posters so everyone can see. Use this time to assess how students did meeting the objectives of the lesson using the Safety Tip Poster Assessment Rubric. Ask the following questions of each student to check for his or her understanding of the lesson and to assess the objectives:
Note: You can model how to share the posters by showing one of the safety tips from the book. Respond to each of the questions as you would like students to do when you ask the questions to them.
|2.||After a poster has been shared, have the other students share their thoughts about it. You can either allow the presenter to call on three students, or you can do this yourself. Using these guidelines, when students are called upon, they may do one of the following:
|3.||Once students finish sharing their posters, use a camera to photograph each student holding up his or her poster. The photographs can be used to create a class book or photo album to share with other students or families.
|4.||Remind students that they will be displaying their safety tip posters. If the display location is in the school or nearby, plan a trip to view the posters.
Note: You might choose to inform the local newspaper about the location and dates of the safety tip posters display. This will be an additional way for students to share their safety messages with others.
- Scan or digitally photograph the safety tip posters and use them to create a class book, webpage, slide show, or movie of safety tips. Software such as Windows Movie Maker or iMovie could be used to easily accomplish this. If you are unfamiliar with how to do this, ask staff members or parents for assistance. The slide show or movie could be shared with other classes or with students' families.
- Have students view the Officer Buckle and Gloria video, narrated by John Lithgow (Weston Woods/Scholastic, 1997). Ask them to talk about how it is similar to or different from the book.
- Provide books on safety topics for students to read or allow time for students to explore some child-friendly safety websites. Suggestions for each are listed on the Safety-Related Books and Websites sheet.
- Arrange for community members to come to school and talk to students about safety topics. Some ideas include a firefighter speaking about fire safety, a police officer speaking about stranger danger, or a nurse speaking about health and food safety. Another possibility would be to invite a police officer to the school to fingerprint students for identification purposes.
- Have students collect examples of safety warnings and bring them to school. Possibilities include signs, brochures, and labels on foods and medicines.
- Have students draw a picture of Retro Bill, the King of Safety and Self-Esteem, from the Retro Bill Funhouse website and then submit their drawings for possible posting on the website.
- Review various types of safety signs and have students make their own signs to display around the classroom or school (e.g., Stop, Slow: Children at Play, One Way).
- As a homework assignment, have students make emergency contact phone lists for their homes that include important phone numbers such as 911, nonemergency police and fire contacts, poison control, doctors, or relatives or friends to call in an emergency.
- Provide CPR or First Aid classes for parents to take at the school or at another local agency.
- Organize a car seat safety check event at your school. Local police departments or car dealerships often will do car seat checks for the community free of charge.
Using the Safety Tip Poster Assessment Rubric, assess if students met the objectives of the lesson when they share their safety tip posters with the class. A score of 3 indicates that the student did an exemplary job of meeting the objectives. A score of 2 indicates that the student did a sufficient job of meeting the objectives. A score of 1 indicates that the student did an insufficient job of meeting the objectives. If a student scores 1 in all of the areas, you may want to have him or her rework the project to improve the level of achievement.