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Lesson 11: Being Safety Smart Around Water


This lesson explores how to be safe around water. After discussing the qualities of water that can make it both fun and potentially dangerous, students hear stories about kids who are faced with decisions about safety around water and determine what the safety smart choice would be in each situation. They examine why these actions are safety smart, discuss how different emotions and circumstances can affect decisions about water safety, and complete an activity sheet to summarize water smart actions.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify safety rules for swimming and playing around water.
  2. Analyze how emotions can influence safety behaviors.
  3. Identify situations which need a decision related to water safety.
  4. Explain the potential positive and negative outcomes from a decision related to water safety.

SEL Connection

  • responsible decision making

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • S-4: Apply safety rules and procedures to avoid risky behaviors and injury.
  • S-5: Avoid safety hazards in the home and community.
  • S-6: Recognize and avoid dangerous surroundings.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.4: List ways to prevent common childhood injuries.
  • Standard 5: Decision Making
  • Performance Indicator 5.2.1: Identify situations when a health-related decision is needed.
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