Bring SMARTRISK No Regrets into the classroom.
Many Canadian Provinces and Territories recognize injury prevention as a critical component of their jurisdiction’s curriculum related to health and safety. For this reason, the No Regrets program offers several different activities that can be adapted from their original form and applied to a variety of secondary school subjects as part of a class lesson plan.
These activities aim to:
- Increase student knowledge and understanding of preventable injury and risk management
- Challenge students to think critically and reflect on the topics of preventable injury and risk management
- Have students acquire the skills necessary to properly employ risk management techniques
- Have students develop a responsible attitude towards personal safety and the safety of others
- Enhance student communication and leadership capabilities
- Build community partnerships
The following No Regrets activities can be adapted for use in a classroom setting to meet a variety of learning objectives.
Students create a mural of 700 faces to represent the 700 Canadian youth who die every year as the result of a preventable injury. This activity is designed to encourage students to think critically and reflect upon the nature and reality of the ‘invisible epidemic’ of preventable injury while encouraging creativity. This activity could be done as part of a media, physical education, or visual arts course.
During a crash involving a vehicle going 50 km/h, an unbelted backseat passenger will strike whatever it hits first with an average force of about 2,700 kg (the weight of an elephant). Promote the ‘Buckle Up’ message in your school by creating a life sized elephant mural/silhouette. This activity could be done as part of a media, physical education, or visual arts course.
This activity promotes the issue of injury among youth related to motor vehicles by writing a letter to the editor of a local or national newspaper. This activity focuses on developing the students’ communication skills by showing them how to properly write a letter to the editor and become engaged with their community. It has the potential to spread the issue of injury among youth to a larger audience beyond the classroom. This activity could be done as part of an English, media, physical education, or social studies course.
This activity challenges students reflect on the reality of the fragile nature of the head and neck. It aims to foster a responsible attitude towards personal safety and healthy active living through the use of protective equipment and smart risk taking. This activity could be done as part of a physical education or science course.
Students create an informative visual to raise awareness throughout their school that a fall from two feet can cause brain damage. This activity encourages creativity from the students while also focusing on communication skills to effectively increase the student body’s knowledge and understanding of preventable injury. This activity could be done as part of a media, physical education, or visual arts course.
By visiting local elementary schools and talking to young Canadians about train safety, No Regrets team members are given an opportunity to contribute to their community and potentially save young lives*. This activity encourages community engagement while also focusing on leadership and communication skills. This activity could be done as part of a leadership, service learning, or physical education course.
*More injury prevention activities for elementary school aged children can be found on the Safe Kids website.