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What do you need to know to be a safe bus rider? Create your own school bus, driver, and passengers!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Create passengers on your school bus with Crayola Model Magic. Shape the driver and school children. Dry overnight.
With Crayola Washable Markers, add details to the bus including doors, windows, wheels, and lights.
Students cut out windows and doors with Crayola Scissors. Adult assistance may be required for this step.
Practice following safety rules with student passengers and school bus drivers so that you get to and from school safely every time.
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