“Bike Helmet Safety”

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					                              “Gotta Brain?…Getta Helmet!”
                                     Lesson Planner I
                            ‘Why Should I Wear A Bike Helmet?’

       Students will: “Describe and demonstrate WHY it is important to wear a bike helmet.”

   •  Read ‘Bike Helmet Background Information’
   •  Preview --“Ride Smart - It’s Time To Start” (video)
   •  Assemble Quiggle-gel Brain Mold (night before presentation)
      •   Note: a melon or apple may be substituted for (or used in addition to) the brain mold.
   •  Assemble miniature helmet/egg (using a black felt marker, you may personalize the egg
      by drawing a face on it)
   •  Read/Have ready --Franklin Rides A Bike’ (book)
   •  Gather/Read/Photocopy supplemental student information for distribution
      •   Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
      •   Getting Back To Your Bike: After A Concussion
      •   “Gotta Brain?…Getta Helmet!” Checklist
      •   KIDSAFE Connection Fact Sheet
Get Ready:
•  Group brainstorms a detailed list of why they think a bike helmet is an important part
   of the gear, when riding a bike. Educator should prompt group to think about the bike
   helmet law, concussions etc.
   •   Educator may ask for a member of group to record the brainstorming ideas on
       blackboard /display board. (This list can be used later for a True/False questionnaire –
       See Sample Assessment Activities)
•     Using one of the props provided with The Kit (Quiggle-gel Brain Mold, white egg
      helmet, OR - optional - apple, melon) the educator may demonstrate and discuss
      how/why a bike helmet protects the head from injury.
      Ideas for presentation:
       •  Have children touch the Quiggle-gel Brain Mold and compare the consistency to a
          human brain (the brain mold is similar to the consistency of the human brain)
       •  Using the white egg helmet, demonstrate how a bike helmet protects the brain from
          injury, by first dropping an egg on the desk, floor or waste basket (breaking the egg);
          followed by dropping another egg fitted with the white helmet (which should not break).
       •  Alternately, an apple or melon may be used to drop on the desk, floor or wastebasket to
          demonstrate the fragility of the human brain (ripe apples/melons work best).
    ** As an additional activity, place the melon in the USED/DAMAGED helmet and drop it on a hard
           surface. If this method is used, please ensure the bike helmet is cleaned after use.

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Background Information (educator) for presentation:
Educator discusses: “What is a Concussion?” (See ‘Signs and Symptoms of Concussions’)
Educator discusses: “David’s Story” (See ‘Gotta Brain?...Getta Helmet!’ Checklist)
Educator discusses: “Bike Law in Alberta” (see ‘Alberta Bike Law’)

    ** Educator may read “Franklin Rides A Bike” and/or show the video “Ride Smart - It’s
             Time To Start” at this time to reinforce the information presented.**

Role Play
Create scenarios in which the students’ role-play one of the following situations. Have students
write a small script in which they act out/present their scenario to the class.
•   You are leaving school and an older child/teen teases you about wearing a bike helmet.
    What would you say?
•   You see a smaller child getting on his/her bike and it appears as though they have forgotten
    to put on their helmet. It is hanging from the handlebars. What would you do?
•   You have met some other children in your neighborhood that you think are really fun to hang
    out with, but when they suggest going for a bike ride, none of the children are wearing their
    bike helmets. What would you do? Say?

Optional Activities –
•  Design a poster/comic strip that goes with one of the above scenarios; post it in the
   classroom or in the school or community newspaper.
•  Design a PowerPoint Presentation that supports the scenario.

•    Use information presented to the class to create a True/False questionnaire that could be
     shared with the school.
•    Design a SAFETY AD about “why bike helmets should be worn while riding a bike” that
     could be displayed throughout the school.
•    For the period of one month, bring in newspaper clippings about individuals making or not
     making responsible and safe choices regarding bike helmet use.
•    Interview your parents about how they make choices about wearing a bike helmet and
     wearing it properly.
•    Create a PowerPoint Presentation summarizing “why it is important to wear a bike helmet
     while riding” and present it to younger students in the school or community.
• Create a True/False questionnaire or use the quizzes following the lesson planners.
• Create a summary of the questionnaire (positives) and send home to parents - “this is what I
  learned about why it is important to wear a bike helmet”.

Please note: Educators, some of the resources contained in this bike helmet resource kit may
not be suitable for all age groups. You know your students best, please adapt accordingly.

          REMEMBER: “Gotta Brain?...Getta Helmet!”

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