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 The student will be able to respond to questions given to them by the 9-1-1 dispatcher.
Lesson Steps Teacher Instruction Materials
Anticipatory Set
  • Remind students that the dispatcher is the person that will answer the phone when they call 9-1-1. The dispatcher is the person that will send them the kind of help that they need; whether it is the police, firefighter, or paramedic.
  • Tell students that today they will learn important information that they need to know when they call 9-1-1.
Direct Instruction
  • Teacher tells students that when they call 9-1-1, they need to do the following things:
    • Stay CALM and try not to get excited. They need to take a deep breath and relax. To get help to them as quickly as possible, the dispatcher needs to be able to hear everything they are saying.
    • Next, they need to tell the Dispatcher what is wrong. Examples:
      • My house is on fire.
      • My daddy is hurt and can't move.
      • A strange man told me to get into his car, and I ran away.
    • Tell the dispatcher your name & EXACT address and phone number.
    • The dispatcher will ask you questions about what is happening while they are sending you help. Here are some sample questions that they may ask if a strange man told you to get into his car, and you ran away:
      • When did this happen?
      • Where were you when this happened?
      • What kind of car or truck was he driving? What color was it?
      • What did he look like? What color hair and eyes did he have? Was he tall or short? Did he have a beard?
    • Here are some sample questions that they may ask if your dad had fallen and couldn't get up:
      • When did this happen?
      • What was your dad doing when he fell?
      • Can your dad talk?
      • How old is your dad?
      • Is your dad breathing?
      • Is he bleeding anywhere?
    • Teacher tells students that it's very important to answer these types of questions to the best of their ability; so, they will get the help that they need quickly.
    • Teacher tells students that they should never hang up and should stay on the phone until the help has arrived.
Guided Practice
  • Teacher has students help her create a reminder poster to hang on the wall of the classroom: What to do when you call 9-1-1.
  • Teacher says, "The first thing we do when there is an emergency is what?" Students respond, "Call 9-1-1." Teacher writes Call 9-1-1 as the first step on the poster.
  • Teacher says, "When you call 9-1-1, you shouldn't scream or cry . . . you should remain . . .?" Students respond, "Calm." Teacher writes Be Calm on the poster.
  • Teacher says, "Next, you need to tell the dispatcher the . . . ?" Students respond, "Problem." Teacher writes Tell Problem on the poster.
  • Teacher says, "You will need to give the dispatcher your name and . . .?" Students respond, "Address and phone number." Teacher writes Say Name/Address on the poster.
  • Teacher says, "You will also need to answer the dispatcher's . . . ?" Students respond, "Questions." Teacher writes Answer Questions on the poster.
  • Teacher says, "Finally, you need to remember to stay on the . . . ?" Students respond, "Phone." Teacher writes Stay on the Phone on the poster.
  • Teacher tells students that they did an excellent job of helping to create the 9-1-1 poster. "Now, I am going to give you a card that will help you give the dispatcher your name, address and phone number."
  • Teacher gives each student a blank personal information card and has them fill out their name, address and phone number. The teacher tells students that they will need to keep these by their telephones at home and keep one with them at all times.
  • Teacher tells students that they can have their parents help them fill out the additional information at the bottom.
  • Remind students that there are certain things that they will need to do once they call 9-1-1, and the dispatcher answers.
  • To review, the teacher asks the following questions:
    • Can someone tell me some information that they may need to give to the dispatcher when they call 9-1-1?
    • Should you scream and cry when you call?
    • Do you hang up the phone once you tell the dispatcher what is wrong?
Independent Practice
  • Students complete the "Help the Police Officer" Worksheet.
  • Teacher gives each student additional personal identification cards to be completed by the student and parent. They can copy the information from the original onto the new ones. Have the student and parents place them by each phone in the house, and keep one in the child's backpack.
  • Also, the teacher will send home to parents several example dispatcher calls and possible questions. Ask that parents read these to their child and answer any questions that they might have.



Required Materials/Equipment
  • Personal identification cards
  • Dispatcher Call Examples
  • "Help the Police Officer" Handout
  • 9-1-1 Rubric
Assessment & Followup
  • Teacher will assess student acquisition of knowledge during the Guided Practice and closure questioning.
  • Teacher fills out the 9-1-1 rubric for each student. Mastery will be determined at the end of the week.