Off-to-School Bus

Off-to-School Bus lesson plan

What do you need to know to be a safe bus rider? Create your own school bus, driver, and passengers!

  • 1.

    Organize students at a meeting area of the classroom such as the reading rug. Conduct a read aloud using a children's book such as Manners on the School Bus by Amanda Doering Tourville or Know & Follow Rules by Cheri J. Meiners. Share and discuss illustrations contained in the book.

  • 2.

    Invite students to think about their first time riding a school bus. What was the trip like? What do you remember most about riding it? What did you like best about the bus? Document student contributions to the discussion using a class white board and Crayola Dry-Erase Markers.

  • 3.

    Ask students about safety rules for riding the school bus. What rules do drivers follow? What rules do riders follow? Why do you think there are so many rules? Document student responses on the class white board.

  • 4.

    School buses are made as safe as they can be. Invite students to create their own school buses. Begin by covering work areas with recycled newspaper. Students paint the inside and outside of recycled show boxes with Crayola® Washable Paint. Dry.

  • 5.

    Create passengers on your school bus with Crayola Model Magic. Shape the driver and school children. Dry overnight.

  • 6.

    With Crayola Washable Markers, add details to the bus including doors, windows, wheels, and lights.

  • 7.

    Students cut out windows and doors with Crayola Scissors. Adult assistance may be required for this step.

  • 8.

    Practice following safety rules with student passengers and school bus drivers so that you get to and from school safely every time.

Standards

  • LA: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • LA: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • SS: Identify roles as learned behavior patterns in group situations such as student, family member, peer play group member, or club member.
  • SS: Give examples of and explain group and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: Social Story -Classroom Behavior and on the School Bus by Natural Learning Concepts & Jene Aviram; The Little School Bus by Carol Roth
  • Students collaborate to write a set of "guided behaviors" for the bus, the hallways in school, the cafeteria, etc. Post these sets in the classroom for review and reference. Encourage students to illustrate each "guided behavior" for friends that cannot yet read.
  • Working in small groups, students discuss safety on the school bus and wearing of seat belts. What is safe behavior on the bus? How might seat belts help students? What would happen if the school bus was in an accident? How would you behave?