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Injury Prevention Resources for Elementary Educators

Preventable injuries kill more children than any single disease, and more than 700 Canadian children and youth die every year due to preventable injury (Parachute, 2013). Children may not fully appreciate the immediate consequences of their actions due to limited experience and judgment. While the actions of children can be unpredictable, injuries do not have to be. By taking the time to learn how injuries occur, creating safer spaces, and creating clear safety rules, educators have the ability to significantly reduce childhood injuries.
Lesson Plans
  • Ophea Teaching Tools – offer lesson plans, supplements and activities designed to reflect the requirements of the Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum. Talk to your school Health and Physical Education Lead or Curriculum Consultant to find out if your school board subscribes.
  • Ontario Road Safety Resource – For kindergarten to Grade 12. This website houses Ontario’s road safety education resources developed in partnership between the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and the OPHEA. Search these resources by grade level or topic to find division level information, cross-curricular lesson plans, and community engagement toolkits.
  • TD Think First for Kids – For kindergarten to Grade 8. This teacher resource meets Ontario curriculum requirements and is endorsed by Curriculum Services Canada. The program was developed by a multi-disciplinary team including teachers, curriculum experts, doctors, and neuroscientists. It teaches children how to think first and play safely to prevent brain and spinal cord injuries. The resources are available free for order and come in a set with four binders, divided by grade level. Available in both English and French.

Curriculum Supports
  • There’s a Monkey on My Street – Electronic Story Book –For kindergarten to Grade 3. This web-based story book tells a story about a little girl named Hannah who teaches her friend, Little Monkey, all about bicycle and road safety. Includes a variety of resources for student learning.
  • Parachute Canada Safety Programs – offers many programs designed to raise awareness of safety risk to reduce childhood injury, such as Brain Day, Helmet Programs, Smart Hockey, Safe Crossing (railway).

SMDHU Programs
Additional Resources
  • Active and Safe Routes to School and School Travel Planning – ASRTS aims to reduce traffic congestion through School Travel Planning, provides road safety skills, and empowers parents to advocate for best routes to schools.
  • Ophea Safety Guidelines: Concussion Protocols – These protocols are available free to schools in Ontario. Includes three modules with curricular, interschool and intermural guidelines.
  • Parachute Canada Concussion Resources –This includes information about concussions and concussion guidelines.
  • Ophea Safety Guidelines – This resource outlines the minimum standards for risk management practice and outlines the safe practices for activities in schools, in order to minimize the element of risk. Useful tool for teachers, intramural supervisors, and coaches.
  • Young Cyclist's Guide (Elementary) and Cycling Skills (Secondary) resources include information for young cyclists about bicycle equipment, riding tips, and the rules of the road. Students can review this information on their own or as part of a classroom assignment.
  • Anaphylaxis Resource E-Learning Module - self-directed learning with quiz (Ministry of Education).
  • SunSense - for information and recommendations on keeping safe in the sun.
  • Asthma Action Plan – for tools to help plan for and manage asthma (Asthma Canada).
  • Booster Seat Safety – for information on safe transport of school aged children (Transport Canada). Visit this site to learn when a child can transition to a seat belt.

Please visit the HealthSTATS section of the health unit for data on injuries and prevention.

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