Bicycle Safety: Grades 3 - 5

Objective - To learn the meanings of various signs for pedestrians, cyclists, and in-line skaters. Duration 30 minutes Materials . . .

Objective

  • To learn the meanings of various signs for pedestrians, cyclists, and in-line skaters.

Duration

30 minutes

Materials

Pictures of traffic signs enlarged on a photocopying machine from the Being Safe With Signs (PDF) worksheet.

Preparation

Enlarge pictures of signs, photocopy worksheet for each member of the group.

Activity

  • Discuss how traffic laws for cyclists also apply to in-line skaters.
  • Hold up each of the traffic signs and discuss the meanings for pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters.
  • Arrange the chairs or desks in rows to simulate intersecting roads. If chairs or desks are not available, use masking tape on the floor to make "streets."
  • Have a volunteer pretend to be on the road. Have other volunteers scattered throughout the "streets" holding up various traffic signs. When the child comes to the end of a street, he or she must tell what the sign means, and if correct, turn down another street.
  • Continue until the volunteer has approached all of the signs.
  • Do the activity again with a volunteer acting as a cyclist. Briefly discuss any differences between pedestrian and cyclist reactions to traffic signs.
  • Have children complete the Being Safe With Signs (PDF) worksheet as a review of sign meanings. Take the Bike Safety Quiz (PDF) as a review.
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