Keeping Our Students Safe

“Look both ways before you cross the street. Use the crosswalk….” Teaching life-long safety lessons to our kids is one of the most important things they learn in school. The Brain Injury Allinace of New Jersey is committed to helping teachers of all grade levels, by providing resources and information you can use in the classroom — from teaching young kids about school bus safety to preparing teens to drive. On this site you’ll find:

Join Us On The Road

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey hosts traveling workshops for teachers, such as Introduction to Brain Injury, Concussion in the Classroom and Helping Students with Brain Injury. We also provide a wide variety of presentations on topics such as pedestrain safety, bike and helmet safety, teen driving safety and concussion awareness.

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Help Your Students Become A Champion School – Create A Safe Driving Campaign!

The Champion Schools program is an opportunity for New Jersey high school students and staff to develop campaigns to promote teen driving safety. Each year we look for creative projects that will raise awareness and make an impact on new drivers. Students can use social media, videos, blogs, traditional media or other means to help spread their message.

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Tips & Tools by Topic

As a teacher you have a huge impact on your student’s safety. We’ve collected information to help make your job a little easier. Select a topic below to view related lesson plans, teaching materials and videos that you can use to help your students be safe.

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  LESSON PLANS

  • Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum (Grades K-5)
    Teaches and encourages pedestrian safety for students grades K-5. It is organized into five lessons: walking near traffic, crossing streets, crossing intersections, parking lot safety, and school bus safety.
    Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety (Grades K-8)
    A selection of lessons and teaching tools for youth-focused bicycle and pedestrian safety based on curriculum currently in use throughout the United States.
    Source: Safe Routes New Jersey

  RELATED VIDEOS

  LESSON PLANS

  • Share the Keys: A 60-90 minute interactive orientation for parents and teens designed to reduce teen driver crash risks by increasing parental involvement.
    Source: sharethekeys.org
  • Safe Driving: Students study the potential dangers, risks and statistics associated with a variety of road safety issues.
    Source: Discovery Education
  • 70 Rules of Defensive Driving: Expert Robert Schaller shares wisdom from teaching defensive driving. Each tip can be used to spark discussion in classroom.
    Source: Roadtrip America
  • Technology: Steer Clear of Trouble: NY Times Lesson Plan. Students use the Internet to investigate safe driving practices and technologies, and then “publish” a manual of safe driving for teenagers.
    Source: The New York Times Learning Network
  • Teen Driving: Skills, Responsibilities and Reactions: An introduction to the skills required for and responsibilities of driving, pre-teens and teens engage in a series of activities, chart their response times, and analyze how variables effect these reaction times.
    Source: Lesson Planet
  • Steer Clear of Trouble: Informs teenagers about safe driving techniques. Students use the Internet to investigate safe driving practices and technologies then publish a manual for other teen drivers in their life.
    Source: Lesson Planet
  • Promoting Safe Driving/Choices on Prom Night: Students explore ways to promote safe driving on prom night. In this driver education lesson, students interview people about driving on prom night. Students design a poster with their researched quotes and discuss the topic in the hallways as a promotion event for safe driving on prom night.
    Source: Lesson Planet

 

  MATERIALS

  • Don’t Drive Stupid
    New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety innovative program to educate young drivers about staying safe behind the wheel. Free resources for educators.

 

  RELATED VIDEOS

Looking for more? Check out the TeenDrive365 website for educators that offers activities, quizzes and a free tool kit.

  LESSON PLANS

  • Car & Bus Safety (Grades K-2)
    Activities will help teach your students all about car and bus safety.
    Source: KidsHealth in the Classroom
  • Riding the School Bus (Preschool)
    Teach your class about important safety rules while riding the bus with these great activities and books.
    Source: Bright Hub Education

  RELATED VIDEOS

  LESSON PLANS

  • Why Should I Wear a Helmet? (Grades 5-8)
    Includes a series of activities and questions for kids to help them experience what it’s like to live with brain injury. Cyclists will understand how a helmet protects fragile skulls.
    Source: Safe Routes New Jersey
  • Bike Safety (Grades 6-8)
    These activities will help your students learn about bike safety and how to stay injury-free while riding bikes.
    Source: KidsHealth in the Classroom
  • Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety (Grades K-8)
    A selection of lessons and teaching tools for youth-focused bicycle and pedestrian safety based on curriculum currently in use throughout the United States.
    Source: Safe Routes New Jersey
  • Riding on the Road and through Intersections (Grades 7-8)
    Discusses traffic laws, bike lanes and how to ride through intersections
    Source: Safe Routes New Jersey
  • Bicyle Safer Journey (K-12)
    Helps educators talk about the skills for safe bicycling for ages 5 to 18. There are three videos ̶ one for each of three age groups (age 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18). Videos are accompanied by a quiz or discussion and an educator’s resource library can be used as an introduction to bicycle safety skills or to augment existing curriculum.
    Source: Federal Highway Administration

  RELATED VIDEOS

  LESSON PLANS

  • Graduated Driver License (GDL): No license to drive
    Students reflect on the advantages, responsibilities and obstacles of driving as they learn about recent trends in the licensing of teen drivers, and create a safe driving campaign.
    Source: The New York Times Learning Network

 

  RELATED VIDEOS

  LESSON PLANS

  • Dangers of Distracted Driving Lesson Plan: Students will learn about the dangers associated with distracted driving and then complete an activity demonstrating what they’ve learned.
    Source: Education World
  • Driving Safety & Distractions: Students research the process to add local or state laws limiting such driving distractions as cell phones or other technological devices, interview city leaders or legislators, research areas that already have such legislation and results.
    Source: Lesson Planet

 

  RELATED VIDEOS

  LESSON PLANS

  • Let’s Sleep on It: Students share opinions about facts related to sleep and analyze their own experiences and observations.
    Source: The New York Times Learning Network
  • Drinking & Driving: Students select resources related to issues of drinking and driving. They explain and discuss the dangers of mixing drinking and driving using notes from Internet investigations and write an essay.
    Source: Lesson Planet

 

  RELATED VIDEOS

  LESSON PLANS

  • Share the Road with Motorcycles: A presentation with teacher notes for new drivers that focuses on the importance of Sharing the Road with motorcyclists.
    Source: Brain Injury Alliance of NJ
  • With Bicyclists: A lesson plan for Sharing the Road with Bicycles for driver education classes. Source: New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition

 

  HANDOUTS/MATERIALS

  • With Pedestrians: What Georgia Drivers Must Know About Pedestrians. Illustrated driving rules and common driver violations for sharing the road with pedestrians.
    Source: Georgia Traffic Safety
  • With Motorcyclists: The For Car Drivers website provides safety tips, video instruction and other resources for car drivers on sharing the road with motorcyclists.
    Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation

 

  RELATED VIDEOS

  LESSON PLANS

  • Road Rage: It’s a Mad World
    Students learn the factors that lead to anger and techniques for coping with it. Students write and act-out real-life scenarios that cause frustration including road rage.
    Source: The New York Times Learning Network
  • Speeding: Collision Course
    Students measure the speed of moving marbles and use the results to calculate velocity and momentum. They then use their understanding to analyze events leading to a Japanese train crash. (Activities can be adapted to analyze speeding while driving).
    Source: The New York Times Learning Network

 

  MATERIALS

  • Aggressive Driving: Smooth Operator Program
    A unique public service initiative to combat aggressive driving. Site defines aggressive driving and gives causes and facts to share with students.
    Source: Smooth Operator Program

 

  LESSON PLANS

  • Highway Safety: Breakdowns in Highway Transportation System (Grades 9-12)
    Students are introduced to the highway transportation system.
    Source: HotChalk Education Network
  • Buy a Car (Grades 9-12)
    Students use research, critical thinking, and complex decision-making skills to learn how to purchase a car.
    Source: HotChalk Education Network
  • Purchasing Your First Car (Grades 10-12)
    Students research and compare costs of purchasing a car.
  • Auto Insurance (Grades 10-12)
    Provide students with a basic understanding of what an auto policy covers and general knowledge of the importance of having auto insurance.
    Source: Horace Mann

Lend Us Your Lesson Plan

Do you have a lesson on a safety topic for pedestrians, bicyclists or teen drivers that you’d like to share with other educators? From single topic worksheets and activities to videos and full lesson plans, we will post them here for other teachers.

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Teen Driving Blogs & Games

Looking for some other ideas to spark a discussion in the classroom? Here are some teen driving blogs and web-based simulation games:

BlogsWeb-Based Driver Simulation Games

Road-Tested Resources

The following is a list of trusted resources that offer up-to-date information on safety topics:

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