National Police Week Activities for Elementary Students

Some activities that an elementary school teacher might try for National Police Week are taking a field trip to a police station or having a policeman come to the school. In addition, teachers might combine it with a safety week and teach bike signals and other safety tips. Another activity is a game like a mind walk.

Children can make a drawing about riding a bike safely. Each child could demonstrate what the three hand signals are. Teachers can make a contest to see who can remember the signals the fastest like a game of Simon Says but only using the hand signals. Have an obstacle course set up and have all the students of the school participate not just one class.

Mind walks are nifty things to use to teach children about laws. A teacher tells a story such as how to get from home to school. As she tells the story, the children should stop her, every time she says something, where a law comes into play. The first time through, children will not stop her very much. Direct the children to think: Is there a law about licensing? How about making turns on the road?

Have the students think about the laws they have at home, at school, in their city. Showing a list of the city ordinances and helping them see all the laws the police uphold will help the students understand the role of the policeman. Again, making murals or drawings combine this learning with their imaginations.

Help the students see that the police bureau has more roles than just traffic cops. Introduce them to search and rescue and detectives. Let the students think about what a police does.    

Create thumbprint cards and let the students see how each thumbprint is different. Police use thumbprints to track down criminals and to find lost children and adults. The students can decorate the cards anyway they want just not sign their name. Have the students send the cards to each other without signing their names just using their thumbprints. See if anyone can identify who sent them the card.

An activity showing how difficult it is to write a law involves allowing students to write how to directions to everyday tasks, like tying a shoelace or playing a game. A rule like “No cheating in this classroom” may stir questions about the difference between helping with homework and cheating.

 The students will learn that it is terribly hard to write clear understandable directions. This should show that many people need to study the law and make decisions on its correct meaning.