Safe Crossing Program

Did you know that in 2011, there were 226 railway grade crossing and trespassing incidents that resulted in 42 serious injuries and 70 fatalities in Canada? The majority of these could have been prevented. You can help reduce the risk of injury by providing consistent safety messages to the children you work with. Learn more about why rail safety is important.

Safe Crossing Program Curriculum

The Safe Crossing program was developed with key partners.  The suggested activities connect rail safety to language, science, social sciences, health and physical education for children ages five to 12. Each Safe Crossing Program activity plan includes learning objectives, step-by-step activities, participant assessment and evaluation, in addition to follow-up activities. We invite you to utilize our activity plans to the fullest, and share comments with us.

Rail safety lesson Plans for Kindergarten - Grade 6, can be viewed at the following links:

Rail Activity Lesson Plans Kindergarten - Grade 6 

The below provides a summary of the resources that can be found in each lesson plan, and are divided according to age appropriateness.

Kindergarten - Grade 1
Social Science: Introduce students to the world of Bells, Flashing Lights and Crossbucks.
English Language: Explore Obie's world and share his song.

Grade 2
English Language: Find out how a pool noodle can become a train.
Science and Technology: Discover fascinating train facts! How fast? How long? How many cars?

Grade 3 
Science and Technology: How long is a kilometre anyway and why does it matter?
English: Challenge students to keep their train together with Train Tag.

Grade 4 
English Language: Get the creative juices flowing with advertisements!
Physical Education: Let Train Trivia test your students' safety knowledge.

Grade 5 
Physical Education: What's trespassing got to do with it?
Social Studies: Discuss and share new knowledge about the law.

Grade 6 
Health and Life Skills: Discover the excitement and challenge of debating.
Physical Education: Whose side is time on? Play "Beat the Train" and find out!

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