Publications


DRSR Curriculum and Traffic Safety Education Materials

With funding from TxDOT, TMCEC worked with the Law-Related Education Department of the State Bar of Texas, to develop a series of classroom activities that infuse the traffic safety issues into social studies, language arts, and health classes.
 
The materials may be accessed via links below.  Or, email tmcec@tmcec.com for a CD-ROM with all of the materials.  Bound printed copies of the materials are available at teacher training workshops offered in conjunction with school districts, education service centers, state teacher conferences, and the annual LRE conference.  If you would like to sponsor a workshop, contact us at tmcec@tmcec.com.  Grant funds are available to support the program.
 
K - 3 Lessons and Activity Centers
K - 3 Lessons and Activity Centers with Spanish handouts NEW! and Spanish handouts only NEW!

Teacher Resource Section (includes Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? and Pick Six) (web only) 

K - 12 Curriculum Level I (elementary)
K - 12 Curriculum Level II (middle school)
K - 12 Curriculum Level III (high school)

K-12 Supplement Lessons (web only)
 
Our Town Map
TxDOT Land Gameboard
Paper Bag Monkey Puppet
 
Do Nows - 2nd grade
Do Nows - 3rd grade 
Do Nows - 4th grade
Do Nows - 5th grade
 
Puppet Scripts (web only)

Mock Trial Guide

Mock Trial - State v. Young

Research Projects (web only)

Social Studies Emergency Sub Plans (web only)

The lesson plans were designed to stand-alone as emergency substitute plans. There are four levels covering Kindergarten through High School classrooms. Not only do  these materials support the acquisition of the Texas ELA and Social Studies Standards (the TEKS), but they simultaneously teach an extremely important (and often overlooked) topic-traffic safety. The information contained in these materials will help teach children some basic, yet potentially life-saving, safety information. For some students, application of the knowledge acquired through these activities could mean    the difference between life and death.

 

Teacher Traffic Safety Academy Lessons

Judicial Lessons

Legislative Lessons

Executive Lessons

Writing Lessons

 

Safety Centers 

These materials are designed to be independent centers activities for students to complete on their own. The centers have been created to incorporate both ELA and Social Studies TEKS.  

 Why Use These Materials?

Not only do these materials support the acquisition of Texas ELA and Social Studies Standards (the TEKS!), but they simultaneously teach an extremely important (and often overlooked) topic – traffic safety.   According to the Center for Disease Control, crashes are the leading cause of death for children under the age of 19.  In fact, more than 12,000 U.S. children die every year from unintentional injuries.  The information contained in these materials will help teach children some basic, yet potentially life-saving, safety information.  For some students, application of the knowledge acquired through these activities could mean the difference between life and death.

 

Information Sheets     

These handouts are designed for use with outside resource persons when speaking to youth or student groups.  They contain the latest statistics and information on the topics listed below in a summary format.  We encourage you to make copies and distribute them as you speak before youth or adult groups. Please email tmcec@tmcec.com if you would like to suggest other topics for information sheets.      

 

Texas Department of Public Safety Publications

Texas Drivers Handbook English

Texas Drivers Handbook Spanish

Reader’s Theater – What If… A Story of Shattered Lives:

This script about the consequences of drinking alcohol and driving offers middle school students an opportunity to perform and use their voices to depict characters in this tragedy. Suitable for youth groups and clubs, as well as classroom instruction. The script has vibrant color images throughout. Below there is also a PowerPoint presentation of the same images that can be projected in class for a more interactive reading experience. For printed versions, please contact elizabeth@tmcec.com.

What If… A Story of Shattered Lives (English)

What If... PowerPoint of the Images (English)

Y qué si… La historia du unas vidas rotas (Spanish)

Y qué si... PowerPoint of the Images (Spanish)

 

For more information contact TMCEC at 800.252.3718
A project of the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center
in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation
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