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High School Lesson Plans - Increasing Safety for Teen Drivers

Teen Driving: Skills, Responsibilities and Reactions PDF
Teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from any other cause. In order to best understand good driving skills, students should be introduced to the principles of good driving at both middle and high school levels. This lesson plan is arranged to spiral from introductions to reinforcment. It is recommended that teachers choose one or two activities as well as one or two minilabs.

Distracted Drivers PDF
This lesson is geared toward high school students. Students will generate a list of behaviors that may distract drivers. Students will be given simple tasks to perform with and without distractions to simulate driving;the ability to focus on one task while distracted by something else will be measured. Students will investigate leading causes of death among teenage children using WISQARS™. This data will open students' eyes to the impact motor vehicle accidents have on the teen population. Students will create banners and slogans encouraging safe driving and raise awareness of the problem. Students will be able to make connections between motor vehicle injury data, brain development, and mortality rates. These lessons include basic math and graphing, computer simulations, teacher lectures, and activities.

Confident Commute: Increasing Safety for Teen Drivers PDF
This lesson is designed for a high school biology course addressing science in personal and social perspectives by investigating the factors that impact teen driving. Students will be introduced to survey development and design by generating a survey to assess the specific risks impacting teen driving. Students will also be introduced to national teen driving data and asked to develop awareness materials to influence positive teen driving behavior. Teachers should be aware of the sensitivity of this topic for students who have been personally affected by a motor vehicle crash (or possibly among family members or close friends).

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