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Lesson 12: You Can Be Safe in a Car


This lesson teaches about being safe when riding in a car. Students use a poem to review safety rules to follow as a passenger, including how to wear a safety belt correctly. They practice advocating for safety belt use by sharing what they would say to convince a younger sibling to follow passenger safety rules, including responding to specific excuses. They complete an activity sheet to identify car smart choices.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. State the benefits of riding in the back seat when a passenger in a motor vehicle.
  2. Describe the importance of using safety belts, child safety restraints and motor vehicle booster seats.
  3. Demonstrate the proper way to wear a safety belt.

Time: 40 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • S-1: Follow appropriate safety rules when riding in or on a motor vehicle.
  • S-3: Use safety equipment appropriately and correctly.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.4: List ways to prevent common childhood injuries.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.2.2: Demonstrate behaviors that avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 8: Advocacy
  • Performance Indicator 8.2.2: Encourage peers to make positive health choices.
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