Monday, June 11, 2018

The SCOOP on Personal Safety and Stranger Danger

Teaching students personal safety has become such an important topic. While we used to teach "Stranger Danger" this might not be the best way to teach personal safety. Sometimes we have to ask strangers for help, so this lesson is designed to teach children to look for the dangers, remember our safety rules, and if you need help, look for a trusted adult such as moms with kids, workers with name tags, police officers, etc!

I started off the lesson with what does a stranger look like? How would you keep yourself safe from a stranger? Then I told the students I want them to put that aside and listen carefully as we talk about how to stay safe and not get caught by tricks! We then read Julia Cook’s book, Smarter than the SCOOPERS. After the lesson, we reviewed the safety rules presented in the book:

#1. “S - Smart: Be smart and confident, and trust your instincts. Listen to your “Uh Oh” voice.”
#2. “C - Call List: Always call first so that you make the right choice.”
#3. “O - zero Talking: Do not talk to grown-ups that you don’t know well. Look for the adults who can help. Those are moms with kids, workers with name tags, police officers, etc”
#4. “O - Out: Keep people out of your personal space.”
#5. “P - Pair Up: Always go places with a friend.”

Following a discussion about the book, we played Brain Freeze and practiced as a class identifying safe and unsafe situations while learning personal safety tips for very real situations. Here are some examples:

After we practiced as a class,  we then broke into groups to discuss situations and decide what to do to stay safe.

I let the groups come back and share their ideas on staying safe so others would hear the situations and know what to do. Finally, students got to make a page corner bookmark to remember the SCOOP safety tips.

The most important thing that I want my students to know is that they have to be vigilant in evaluating situations and asking for help if they are not safe. Not all strangers are dangerous. Children need to know to look for the helpers when they are in need of an adult to help.

After completion of the lesson, students were able to:
• Identify adults in which a student can seek help in an unsafe situation.
• Identify safety strategies to be used when in an unsafe situation.
• Demonstrate making personal safety choices.

If you like this lesson, I sell it on TPT:

What is included in this packet?

1. The SCOOP on Personal Safety Lesson Plan (4 pages)
2. The SCOOP on Personal Safety Power Point Presentation (22 slides)
3. Sundae Situations - 6 color & 6 black/white (12 pages)
4. Page Corner SCOOPS – color & black/white (3 pages)