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Summer Safety Safari


P.E. & Health  



Title – Summer Safety Safari
By – Nancy Hagerty
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 1

First grade students will demonstrate their understanding of summer safety by creating guidelines for Summer Safety posters.

Health Education Standards:

  • Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting and decision-making skills that enhance health.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health.

Performance Indicators:

  • Students will identify personal health and safety needs.
  • Students will describe the relationships between personal health behaviors and individual well-being,
  • Students will develop injury prevention and management strategies for personal health.

Life Skill:

  • Students will become aware of their responsibility for personal injury protection and safety.


  • Various art materials
  • Teacher created hazard and safety precaution sheet

Anticipatory Set:

  • As a class, we will brainstorm a list of summer activities.
  • The students will determine which activities can be categorized together.
  • Swimming, sun exposure, camping, insects, bike safety, riding in a car, playing at a park, sports, heat, severe weather, etc.

Exploratory Activity:

  • Each table will be given one of the categories to determine the hazards of that particular activity.
  • The students will record the hazards on the sheet provided.
  • The students will come together as a group to share their hazards.


  • Each table will address their individual hazards and develop safety precautions for each one of them.
  • The students will record the generated safety precautions on the sheet provided.

Check for Understanding:

  • Each group will incorporate their ideas into a poster.


  • The students will present their posters to the class for discussion.
  • Posters will be displayed in the halls the last 2 weeks of school.


  • Each group of students could work cooperatively with a parent on the computer to create a summer safety brochure to take home over the summer.
  • Students could work together to create a short skit and/or puppet show demonstrating some of the safety precautions.

**Field Day Extension:

  • Most buildings do a field day of sorts near the end of the year, so why not build the activities around the summer safety theme?
  • Each “station” of the relay type course could represent a summer activity.
  • Students would have to perform some sort of safety activity relevant to that station, Example:
    • Swimming: Apply sunscreen and find a buddy.
    • Camping: Put dirt on the campfire and tuck jeans into socks for hiking.
  • Parents usually turn out to bring snacks and cheer the kids on so they would be getting the messages too.
  • Administrators would like it because instruction is still being given.
  • Everyone is a winner because each is exposed to safety awareness!

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