8 CHAPTER 1
A DREN’S CTIVITIE
S Crossing Guards at Work
Use a commercial road play mat/carpet or help children create one. Provide
a toy vehicle for each child to place in the road on the mat. Talk about how
the vehicles (cars, trucks, buses, and so on) are called traffic, and count the
vehicles together. Show the children toy people, and let them know that people
are called pedestrians when they are walking along the road. Ask where the
pedestrians should stand on the mat. Reinforce that the pedestrians should
stand on the sidewalk near crosswalks. Describe a crosswalk and its purpose.
Then add a crossing guard to the mat and explain that the crossing guard will
help stop the traffic so the pedestrians can cross the street safely. Show children
things a crossing guard or traffic police officer might use, like a handheld stop
sign or whistle, and items they may wear, such as a safety vest. Let children try
on the vest and hold the stop sign.
a commercial or classroom-made road play mat/carpet, toy vehicles, toy
people, a toy person to represent a crossing guard, a handheld stop sign,
a whistle, and a vest or uniform
Arrange for children to watch a
demonstrate his work on the trike
crossing guard or traffic police officer
path, show children his equipment,
at work. Take pictures of the event
and answer questions.
so children can recall more details to
use in follow-up activities or role play.
Read and discuss Make Way for
Alternatively, watch a short video of
Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.
a traffic guard at work.
LT Invite a crossing guard or traffic
police officer to visit the class and
Play and sing the song “She’s a
Yellow Reflector” by Justin Roberts.