Keeping Our Students Safe

Teaching life-long safety lessons to our kids is one of the most important things they learn in school. We are committed to helping teachers of all grade levels, by providing lesson plans and virtual learning tools you can use anywhere. We are here to help you – from teaching all ages how to be safe walkers and cyclists to preparing teens to drive.

Pre-school

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  SAFETY CURRICULUM

Teach strategies and habits that will help protect children from sustaining a brain injury and encourage transportation safety.  Source: Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. Sections include:

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Source: AAA Northeast

  LESSON PLANS

  • 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

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  • Bicycle Safety (Preschool)
    Help students establish safe bicycle riding habits early in life to ensure lifelong fun and safety.
    Source: Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey

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  ACTIVITIES

  • Bicycle Safety Activity Kit (Download and Print)
    Source: US Department of Transportation-National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  VIDEOS

  • Franklin Rides a Bike (2016) 7.36 min
    Watch this video from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration with your class to reinforce safe cycling habits.
  • Meet “Kate, Jane and the Brain”. Kate and her three-year-old Boston Terrier, Jane, will help us learn about the brain and ways to keep safe.  Follow Kate and Jane through their adventures as they entertain and teach us important lessons.

K-8

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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
  • Pedestrian Safety Lesson Plan and Activities (Pre-K-Grade 2)
    Students will learn safe walking practices and how to avoid dangerous situations.
    Source: AAA Northeast
  • Safe or Unsafe? -Identifying Risky Pedestrian and Bike Behavior (Grades 1-3)
    Students will acknowledge safe or unsafe behaviors when it comes to riding a bike or walking, by looking at images depicting risky and less risky behaviors
    Source: AAA Northeast
  • Signs I See-Road Sign Scavenger Hunt (Grades 1-3)
    Students will identify signs and their meanings and will explain how road signs are used to keep us safe and give directions.
    Source: AAA Northeast
  • History of Pedestrian Safety (Grades 5-8)
    Students learn how pedestrian laws have evolved and why they are so important for everyone’s safety.
    Source: AAA Northeast
  • Pedestrian Safety Lesson Plan (Grades 6-8)
    Students will learn why walking is a healthy activity and why it is important to practice pedestrian safety skills. Through videos and research of digital resources, including information provided by government agencies, students will acquire knowledge of safe walking practices.
    Source: AAA Northeast
  • History of School Safety Patrol (Grades 5-8)
    Students will learn how the AAA School Safety Patrol program has evolved over 100 years. Through reading, writing and verbal communication students will understand the role of a patroller and its importance of leadership and safety.
    Source: AAA Northeast

 

  ACTIVITIES

 

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  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

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  • 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
  • Bicycle Safety (K-3rd Grade)
    Help students establish safe bicycle riding habits early in life to ensure lifelong fun and safety.
    Source: Brain Injury Alliance of 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
  • 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-Mike Harte Was Here (Grades 5-8)
    A multi-week lesson on helmet safety. Through writing, verbal presentation and research of digital resources, students will acquire knowledge through realistic fictional literature, as well as informational resources.
    Source: AAA Northeast

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High School

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  LESSON PLANS

  • 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
  • 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
  • Factors that Impact Driving: Students explore factors that impact driving and driver safety, including speed, environmental conditions, and driver behaviors.
    Source: Teen365
  • 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
  • Survival Defensive Driving (9-12): Students build understanding around why defensive driving is an important skill. They’ll discuss strategies for improving driving safety.
  • Source: njm.com/share-the-keys
  • 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: CDC
  • Car Care and Basic Maintenance (Grades 9-12)
    Part of being a safe driver is ensuring the vehicle is “road ready.” Students will learn the importance of proper vehicle maintenance to reduce the risk of breakdowns as well as learn useful items to keep in the car and learn about work zone safety awareness.
    Source: AAA Northeast (Please link to Car Care and Basic Maintenance Grades 9-12)
  • Understanding Gas Prices (Grades 9-12)
    Students will learn the factors that influence gas prices and address how the cost of gasoline should be factored into personal budgeting upon vehicle ownership.
    Source: AAA Northeast (Please link to Understanding Gas Prices (Grades 9-12)
  • Your Driving Costs: Budgeting for Car Ownership (Grades 9-12)
    Students will learn what they should consider when purchasing or leasing a car and be able to identify the “hidden” costs of car ownership for use in preparing a budget.
    Source: AAA Northeast (Please link to Your Driving Costs Grades 9-12)
  • Physics of Car Crashes (Grades 9-12)
    Students will identify the ways automotive and transportation technology has been improved because of knowledge of the laws of motion and recognize how understanding physics helps in car design and transportation technology and infrastructure.
    Source: AAA Northeast

Online Teen Driver Safety Programs from NJM: 

  • Share the Keys
    Share the Keys is a 60-minute, interactive program for parents and their teen drivers. Offered free of charge to schools, the program increases awareness and encourages community involvement to help keep teen drivers safe.
    Source: NJM Insurance Group  
  • What Do You Consider Lethal?
    What Do You Consider Lethal? is an evidence-based created by our partners at Impact Teen Drivers, a non-profit dedicated to saving lives by empowering people to drive safer. This engaging program is designed to help teens avoid reckless and distracted driving by making responsible decisions.
    Source: NJM Insurance Group   

  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.

  DIGITAL INTERACTIVES

  • The Science Behind Safe Driving
    Learn how the fundamental principles of physics apply to driving in this digital interactive. Students will learn why understanding the Laws of Motion is an essential part of practicing safe driving habits.
    Interactive Let’s Begin!
    Educator Companion Guide
    Source: Teen365
  • Test Your Knowledge on Safe Driving
    Be prepared for teen driver education! Are you prepared to teach your students about avoiding distractions? Quiz yourself on the facts of safe driving.
    Source: Teen365

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

  LESSON PLANS

  • Safe Driving – Dealing with Distractions Lesson Plan (2018)
    Students will be able to identify key factors associated with teenage traffic collisions, and gain a better understanding of consequences associated with inexperienced and distracted driving. Students will also be able to identify the rules and allowances of their State Graduated Driver’s License Policy.
    Source: TeenDrive365

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  LESSON PLANS

  • Safe Driving – Dealing with Distractions Lesson Plan
    Students will be able to identify key factors associated with teenage traffic collisions, and gain a better understanding of consequences associated with inexperienced and distracted driving. Students will also be able to identify the rules and allowances of their State Graduated Driver’s License Policy.
    Source: TeenDrive365
  • Teen Knowledge Activity (9-12)
    In this activity, students create an interactive glossary of important terms and concepts related to the idea of distracted driving. Students use their interactive glossary to create an informative pamphlet, then distribute their pamphlets to peers.
    Source: TeenDrive365
  • Distracted Driving (Grades 9-12)
    Students will be able to identify the types of distracted driving and understand the risk involved with distracted driving and the penalties for handheld devices
    Source: AAA Northeast

  DIGITAL INTERACTIVES

  • Heads Up Driving Challenge
    Can you keep your cool behind the wheel when distractions are everywhere? In this interactive you will experience a variety of distracted driving dilemmas, including cell phones, food and even your friends.
    Source: TeenDrive365

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  LESSON PLANS

  • 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
  • Drowsy Driving: The Causes and Effects of Drowsiness
    Students will assess how drowsiness affects them and determine steps that they, or someone who is driving, can take to help reduce it.
    Source: Scholastic
  • 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
  • Impaired Driving (Grades 9-12)
    Students will learn about alcohol’s effects on the developing brain and the consequences of drunk driving. Students will also consider planning for alternate transportation, such as having a designated driver or using a ride-sharing service.
    Source: AAA Northeast (Please link to Impaired Driving Grades 9-12)
  • History of the .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration Legal Limit (Grades 9-12)
    Students will identify barriers to passing laws, understand how the federal government can influence state policy, and describe the importance of interest groups and key elected officials in passing or blocking laws.
    Source: AAA Northeast (Please link to History of the .08 BAC Grades 9-12)
  • Shifting Gears: The Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving (Grades 9-12)
    This E-Learning module is designed to explain the effects of marijuana on the brain and to educate high school students on the risks of driving while impaired by marijuana.
    Source: AAA Northeast (Please link to Shifting Gears Grades 9-12)
  • Drowsy Driving (Grades 9-12)
    Students will learn to use data to apply to real life, identify the adverse effects of sleep deprivation on the human brain and body, understand the current statistics on drowsy driving, and analyze and strategize ways to avoid drowsy driving.
    Source: AAA Northeast

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  HANDOUTS/MATERIALS

  • 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

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  LESSON PLANS

  • Driving and The Impact on Teen Drivers
    Source: Impact Teen Drivers
    Basic overview of seven unique lesson plans for defensive driving. Lesson plans include: persuasive essays, physics, law enforcement, role play scenarios and history of safety features in vehicles
  • Help Prevent Speeding, Help Save Lives: A Math Lesson
    Students will discuss the causes and effects of speeding and solve word problems about stopping distance before developing a script for a public service announcement.
    Source: Scholastic

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  LESSON PLANS

  • Bicycle 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

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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

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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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Educational YouTube Series

Meet “Kate, Jane and the Brain”.  Kate and her three-year-old Boston Terrier, Jane, will help us learn about the brain and ways to keep safe.  Follow Kate and Jane through their adventures as they entertain and teach us important lessons.

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Workshops and Webinars

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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Road-Tested Resources

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

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