October 10, 2015
by Rekha Mundkur

Lesson plan

Road Rules

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Students will be able to identify common road signs, and know the safety rule for each.

(10 minutes)
  • Gather your students in a group and read them a story about road signs. Great examples include: I Read Signs by Tana Hoban, City Signs by Zoran Milich, and Signs in My Neighborhood by Shelly Lyons.
  • Explain to your students that road signs are important because they help people follow rules of the road to keep drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians safe.
  • Ask your class if any of them have seen signs from the book.
(10 minutes)
  • Display the poster with common road signs on it. Great examples of signs include: stop sign, yield, do not enter, one way, pedestrian crossing, speed limit signs, etc.*
  • Point to each sign, describing the name and function of each. Have the class repeat each sign name as you say it aloud.
  • After describing each sign's function, ask your class some questions to think about. Great examples include: How would this help drivers stay safe? How would this help pedestrians stay safe?
  • Bring out the bingo worksheets, which have been cut into strips. Demonstrate how to cut out a road sign square.
  • Model how to use the glue stick to paste the road sign squares to a small piece of construction paper.
(15 minutes)
  • If your students are developmentally ready, pass out a pair of child-safe scissors to each student, and instruct them to cut their bingo strips into squares. If your students aren't ready to use scissors on their own, cut out the squares for them.
  • Walk around the room and provide assistance where needed.
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out a small sheet of construction paper and a glue stick to each student.
  • Instruct your class to glue their road signs on to the piece of construction paper.
  • Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to incorporate math into this lesson by completing the Count the Traffic Signs worksheet.
  • Support: Assist students who are struggling by cutting out all of the squares for them. Reiterate the name and function of each sign as you glue them down, one by one.
(5 minutes)
  • As your students are working, walk around the room to observe their work and ask them questions about the different road signs they're working with. Great questions include: What does this sign mean? How would that help people stay safe?
(5 minutes)
  • To close the lesson, review the story you read at the beginning of the class. As you read, instruct your class to call out the names of the signs they see.
  • Ask students to share the importance of each sign with you.
  • Encourage them to look out for these signs as they pass them on the roads.

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