Ready-to-use lesson plans

Children are routinely exposed to the risk of a crash. In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of unintended death for people ages four to 24. A 2018 study in The Journal of Pediatrics found that during a three-month span, 47% of parents/caregivers of four- to ten-year-olds talked on hand-held phones, 52.2% talked on hands-free phones, 33.7% read texts, 26.7% sent texts, and 13.7% used social media while driving with the child in the vehicle.

End Distracted Driving and Safe Roads Alliance have developed a set of distracted driving lesson plans for second- through sixth-grade classrooms. These free, ready-to-use lesson plans include everything teachers need to present to students in the classroom. The program helps parents and educators teach students about the dangers of distracted driving and pedestrian safety.

"Kids Speaking Up for Road Safety": Lesson Plans Grades 2-3 & 4-6

“Kids Speaking Up for Road Safety” elementary school lesson plans were created with 2nd and 3rd graders in mind. Developed in collaboration with psychologists, SEL experts, content developers, videographers, and animators experienced in creating educational programs. Lesson content and cross-curricular activities draw on the core SEL competencies framework developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.

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This video supports the free, 30- to 45-minute lesson plans for elementary-age students (lessons for 4-5 and 6th grades) about effectively speaking up when someone is driving distracted.

About the Lesson Plans

The 30-45-minute lesson plans are positive and empowering. Through guided discussion and a variety of activities, students explore different types of distractions that occur outside and inside the car. Children will learn about distraction, “multi-tasking,” and non-confrontational communication skills.
The lessons are created to be a complete toolkit supported by videos narrated by an engaging, animated character. Ancillary resources include a facilitator’s guide with an advisory letter home to parents, student worksheets, cross-curricular activities appropriate for grade level, safe driving pledges, and a printable “I” statement reference guide for students.
The lessons aim to teach children about distractions and being distracted, including recognizing when someone is driving distracted and empowering them to speak up in distracted driving situations. With these tools it if our goal they be able to positively influence parent and caregiver driving behaviors and increase the likelihood that they will choose to drive distraction-free when they get behind the wheel.