Lesson Plans for Elementary, Discussions on Child Safety, Teaching Kids to Call 9-1-1
downloads 1st and 2nd grade
Grade Level 1st & 2nd Grade
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
  • Teacher reviews with students the different roles that the police person, firefighter, paramedic, & dispatcher play when there is an emergency.
    • Who can tell me which emergency person will come to help when their brother has fallen from a tree and can't get up?
    • When would a firefighter come to help you, a friend, or a neighbor?
  • Teacher tells the students that they will be learning that 9-1-1 is an easy and quick way to get emergency personnel to them when they really need help.
Direct Instruction
  • Teacher states that 9-1-1 is a phone number that can be used to get help.
  • Teacher tells students that they should always dial 9-1-1 and not "0" when there is an emergency because it will take much longer for the emergency personnel to help them.
  • Teacher shows pictures of the different types of phones that can be used to call 9-1-1. Ex.) Land Line Phones, Cell Phones and Pay Phones.
  • Teacher explains if they ever have to use a pay phone to call 9-1-1, they do not have to insert any money into the phone.
Guided Practice
  • The teacher tells the students that it is very important that they remember the numbers 9-1-1; so that, they can call for help if they ever need to. In order to remember these numbers, the teacher tells the students that they will sing a song to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb". The teacher models the song for the students:
  • When you dial "9-1-1", "9-1-1" , When you dial "9-1-1", Emergency help will come!
  • The teacher has the students sing chorally with her.
  • Teacher states that they have learned a very important way to get help when there is an emergency.
  • To review, the teacher asks the following questions:
    • What number do we call when there is an emergency?
    • What do we use to call 9-1-1?
    • Are there different types of phones that we can use to call 9-1-1?
    • Who can name some different kinds of phone?
    • Do you have to insert money into a pay phone to call 9-1-1?
Independent Practice
  • Students will complete a handout where they draw and color the different types of phones that they can use to dial 9-1-1.
  • Students will also do a color by number 9-1-1 handout.
  • As students do this, the teacher can have students come up to her desk to practice singing the 9-1-1 song.


Required Materials/Equipment
  • Different types of phones (Cell Phones, Landline Phones) or have pictures of the different types of phones.
  • Draw & Color Phones Handout
  • Color by Number Handout
  • 9-1-1 Rubric
Assessment & Followup
  • The teacher will assess students during the choral singing of the "9-1-1" Jingle and Independent Practice. The teacher will also assess students' answers during the closure section of this lesson plan.
  • Teacher fills out the 9-1-1 rubric for each student. Mastery will be determined at the end of the week.