Teaching Tool - Protect Your Head

This presentation teaches students about brain health and safety related to road and off-road activities.

Target audience: students in Grades 4 to 6
Length of core content presentation: 50 minutes

Criteria Met

Grade Ontario Curriculum Codes
4 Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education (2019) B3.2, D2.2
5 Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education (2019) B3.2, D2.2
6 Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education (2019) D3.2


In delivering this presentation, the teacher will:

  • Emphasize the importance of preventing head injuries
  • Provide students with information on concussions, safety rules, and protective equipment
  • Encourage students to reflect on their safety on and off the road


By the end of this presentation, students will:

  • Identify knowledge of concussions, recalling symptoms, effects and treatment
  • Learn injury prevention practices, safety rules and proper use of protective equipment
  • Practice road safety, correctly identify road signs and hand signals, and explain their meaning

Core Knowledge Content

Core knowledge content provides the teacher with the background information needed to prepare and teach this health class.

Learning Activities

Protect your head trivia game (essential)

Protect your head crossword puzzle

Concussions 101

Brian injury demonstration

Bike traffic signs and hand signals

Opportunities to Extend Learning

Class projects

  • Road Safety Campaign: Have students create a road safety campaign (e.g. poster, presentation for other students, skit, video, or short story). This project could be connected to other curriculum, for example in Language, Arts, and Science.
  • Protect Your Head Design Project: In the context of Science and Technology curriculum, have students design a solution to prevent head and brain injury (e.g. a helmet, a bike mirror).

School-wide activities

  • Bike Rodeo: Hold a school-wide bike rodeo with the support of community partners, including Public Health, to promote bike safety.
  • Safe Travel Plan: Create a safe travel plan with the support of community partners, including Public Health, to promote active transport and improving the safety of routes to school for walkers and cyclists.
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