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Lesson 10: Being Safety Smart as a Passenger


This lesson reviews how to be safe when riding in a car or other vehicle. Students review the safety smart questions, then hear stories about kids who are faced with decisions about safety while riding in a car and on a bus and determine what the safety smart choice would be in each situation. They examine why these actions are safety smart, discuss how different emotions and circumstances can affect decisions about passenger safety, and complete an activity sheet to summarize passenger smart actions.

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.
  3. Identify safe behaviors when riding on a bus.
  4. Analyze how emotions can influence safety behaviors.
  5. Identify situations which need a decision related to passenger safety.
  6. Explain the potential positive and negative outcomes from a decision related to passenger safety.

SEL Connection

  • responsible decision making

Time: 50 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.
  • S-4: Apply safety rules and procedures to avoid risky behaviors and injury.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.4: List ways to prevent common childhood injuries.
  • Standard 5: Decision Making
  • Performance Indicator 5.2.1: Identify situations when a health-related decision is needed.
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