Lesson Plans for Elementary, Discussions on Child Safety, Teaching Kids to Call 9-1-1
downloads 1st and 2nd grade
Grade Level Pre-K & Kindergarten
Objectives/Goals Students will be able to identify the 4 different types of emergency personnel, their vehicles, and what emergency services they provide.
Lesson Steps Teacher Instruction Materials
Anticipatory Set
  • The teacher asks students if any of their parents are doctors, nurses, or fire fighters.
  • The teacher asks if students have ever seen their parents pull their car over to the side of the road when there was a vehicle with sirens passing by.
  • The teacher relates that these are emergency personnel, and today they will learn the different types of emergency personnel, their vehicles, and the different types of help that they provide.
Direct Instruction
  • The teacher will hold up a picture of a police person. She/he will explain that the police are there to protect you from someone who is trying to harm you or from someone who is trying to steal from you. For example, the police would come if someone:
    • Is trying to break into you or your neighbor's house
    • Is trying to get you to get in their car
    • Is punching another person
  • The teacher tells students that a policeman drives a police car that has sirens. She/he holds up a picture of a police car.
  • The teacher holds up a picture of a firefighter next. She/he tells the students that firefighter come to help you when there is a fire. Examples:
    • A firefighter would come if you smell smoke in your house and your fire detectors are going off. You should meet & your family's safe spot outside & then, call for help.
    • A firefighter would, also, come if you saw your neighbor's house on fire or smelled smoke coming from their house.
    • A firefighter would not come if your dad was starting a fire in the fireplace because your dad is using the fire to be warm and is watching it the whole time.
  • Teacher tells students that a firefighter drives a fire truck and holds up a picture of one.
  • The teacher tells students that a paramedic is a lot like a nurse or a doctor. They come to help if you have hurt yourself, and they try to make you better. For example, a paramedic would come if
    • Someone was choking.
    • Someone has fallen and is not talking or breathing.
    • If there was a bad car accident and people were hurt.
    • If someone has fallen from a tree.
  • Teacher tells students that these are just a few examples.
  • Teacher shows students a picture of an ambulance and tells them that this is the vehicle that a paramedic rides in.
  • Teacher states that each of these emergency workers can be contacted in an emergency by dialing the numbers 9-1-1 on any telephone. 9-1-1 is the phone number for real emergencies.
  • Finally, the teacher shows the students a picture of a dispatcher. Teacher states that the dispatcher is the person that answers the phone when someone calls 9-1-1. When you tell the dispatcher what is wrong, the dispatcher will send you the emergency personnel that you need. The teacher shows students a picture of a dispatcher taking a phone call at her desk.
Guided Practice
  • Teacher attaches the pictures of the emergency personnel to the board. The teacher calls on students to come to the board and place the vehicles and what they do under the correct emergency personnel picture.
  • The teacher will emphasize that the police person, firefighter, paramedic, & dispatcher are persons that can help them in an emergency when they call 9-1-1. To review, the teacher calls on different students to answer the following questions:
  • Which person comes to help you when there is a fire?
  • Who is the person that answers the phone when you call 9-1-1?
  • Who will come if someone is trying to break into your house?
  • Who comes in an ambulance?
Independent Practice
  • Teacher has students complete a handout where they have to match the emergency personnel with the job they do.
  • Students can color the pictures as well.
Required Materials/Equipment
  • Emergency personnel pictures
  • Crayons
  • Emergency personnel matching handout
  • 9-1-1 Rubric
Assessment & Followup
  • Teacher will assess students' independent practice handout to determine mastery of 80%. Additional instruction should be provided if the student performs below 80%.
  • Teacher fills out the 9-1-1 rubric for each student. Mastery will be determined at the end of the week.