Hands-on science, persuasive writing and mapping local routes as students investigate changes to speed limits around schools.
Speed limits are changing on the roads around school and kura. Your students will see new speed signs and other features, prompting a real-world opportunity to understand how they themselves contribute to a safer, thriving community. The change is part of New Zealand’s road safety plan, Road to Zero.
The Safe speeds around schools lesson plans bring this context to your classroom. It includes adaptations for Years 1-3, 4-6 and 7-8.
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Safe speeds enable more kids to get around safely in ways that are good for their health and the environment. Plus, there’s reduced risk to tamariki and whānau of being killed or seriously injured on the way to and from school.
Resource writer: Matt Boucher is deputy principal of an intermediate school and has extensive science education experience.
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An overview of the purpose and structure of the resource, with curriculum connections.
Students learn the big picture of New Zealand’s road safety plan, identify local safety features and produce a piece of persuasive writing about can be done to improve safety.
Includes 2 science experiments. First, the marble launcher, to learn about speed and force. Second, stopping distances.
Handy guide to making a marble launcher for lesson 2.
Students map hazards on their routes to school and present their findings.
Lesson 2 includes links to these videos at the relevant step in the activities.