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Safety Tips With Officer Buckle and Gloria

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Safety Tips With Officer Buckle and Gloria

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Melissa Weimer

Waterford, Michigan


International Literacy Association



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Recognizing problems and identifying solutions are skills that help students develop awareness of themselves and their surroundings. After reading the book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann, students explore potential safety problems and then devise possible solutions. Each student creates a safety tip poster similar to the ones in the book to present a solution to one of the identified safety problems. Students communicate their safety messages to others by displaying the posters around the school or in the community. This lesson could easily be adapted for use with older students.

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Vacca, R.T., & Vacca, J.L. (2000). Writing across the curriculum. In R. Indrisano & J.R. Squire (Eds.), Perspectives on writing: Research, theory, and practice (pp. 214232). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

  • Various types of learning can be promoted through writing, and students need opportunities to write in all curricular areas.

  • Effective classroom practice includes various types of writing tasks.

  • Building upon content objectives, students can engage in informative, personal, and imaginative uses of writing to consider and connect the ideas and information from a lesson.

  • When teachers move beyond simple recall and scaffold writing tasks that support thinking and learning, informational writing can be important in students' learning.

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