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 successfully call 9-1-1 and request help in an emergency situation.
Lesson Steps Teacher Instruction Materials
Anticipatory Set
  • Review with students the different kinds of phones that they can use to call 9-1-1 (Land Line, Pay Phone, Cell Phone).
  • Review what they will need to do once they have called 9-1-1 and the Dispatcher answers (point to the poster):
    • Call
    • Be Calm
    • Tell Problem
    • Say Name/Address/Phone Number
    • Answer Questions
    • Stay on the Phone
  • Tell students that today they will learn how to dial 9-1-1 using the phone and will be able to practice what to do once they have called.
Direct Instruction
  • Tell students that they will begin the lesson by learning to actually dial the numbers 9-1-1. Teacher hands out the dial pad handout. The teacher models that the students are to color the 9 in the first box, the 1 in the second box, and the 1 in the third box. The teacher tells them to keep these out on their desks as a reminder for the number locations. They will also need to get out their Personal Identification Card that they keep in their backpack.
  • Next, the teacher uses a real phone (not plugged in, of course) and models punching the numbers 9-1-1 for the students. The teacher instructs students to actually press the number "9" (one time), and the number "1" (two times), as he or she says the numbers aloud. Giving extra emphasis to the number "9" will help establish a natural rhythmic cadence by which the students will be able to confidently recall the correct sequence. Have the students slowly, rhythmically, and chorally repeat the entire numerical sequence four times (emphasizing the "9") as they punch their paper dial pads. Make sure to have the students say the numbers aloud at the same time they are pressing the numbers on the dial pad. This will aid in retention.
  • After this, the teacher states that he/she will model how to call 9-1-1 and how to respond to the dispatcher questions. With a fellow teaching assistant or a parent volunteer, the teacher dials 9-1-1 and the helper uses another unplugged phone and pretends to be the dispatcher.
    • The pretend dispatcher says, "This is 9-1-1. What is your emergency?"
    • The teacher responds calmly, "There is a fire at my house. I ran out of the house, and I am at my neighbor's house."
    • The dispatcher says,"What is your name address and phone number?"
    • The teacher replies (using her personal identification card), "Susan Smith, and my address is 555 Oak Street, Nashville, TN 37215.
    • The dispatcher asks, "What is your phone number?"
    • The teacher replies, "555-1212."
    • The dispatcher asks, "Is there anyone still in the house?"
    • The teacher responds, "No. My whole family is at the neighbor's house."
    • The dispatcher tells the teacher to stay on the phone until help arrives.
  • After modeling, the teacher tells the students that it is their turn to try.
Guided Practice
  • The teacher pairs up students. Each pair gets a play phone and a scenario for one emergency. Each child will take turns being the caller and the dispatcher. They will dial 9-1-1 and follow the procedures of
    • Being Calm
    • Telling the Problem
    • Saying their Name/Address
    • Answering any extra Questions
    • Staying on the phone until help arrives.
  • The teacher and helper/volunteer circulate around the room listening to and aiding students.
  • Teacher reminds students that they have learned a tremendous amount about calling 9-1-1 this week. The teacher states that we have learned:
    • The kinds of emergency personnel that there are to help us when we really need them.
    • What number to call in an emergency and how to call it.
    • When to call 9-1-1 and when not to.
    • What to say when we do call 9-1-1.
    • The teacher presents students with a certificate of completion for the 9-1-1 curriculum.
Independent Practice
  • Teacher sends home important tips for parents to go over with their children.
  • Parents are requested to periodically review this information with their children; so, they will not forget as time goes by.
  • Parents are encouraged to act out these scenarios with their children for practice. However, don't really call 911.
Required Materials/Equipment
  • Dial Pad Print Outs
  • Crayons
  • Situation Cards
  • Pretend/Play Phones
  • 9-1-1 Completion Certificate
  • Teaching Assistant or Parent Volunteer
  • 9-1-1 Rubric
  • Parent Tips
Assessment & Followup Teacher fills out the 9-1-1 rubric for each student to determine an 80% mastery level. Teacher fills out 9-1-1 certificates for students. Day5-