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Lesson 13: Assessing Situations and Making Safe Choices


This lesson helps students assess situations for safety and make safe choices. After discussing what it means to feel safe and comfortable, students learn four questions they can ask themselves to check out situations, people and places. They identify some safe places and situations and contrast these to situations that can make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe. They consider steps they can take to feel safe again, including asking for help from adults. The teacher models how to use the questions to assess a situation and make a decision about what to do. Then students work in small groups to practice using the questions they’ve learned to assess some sample situations and make safe decisions. They take home a family sheet to help them discuss how to make safe choices with their parents or guardians.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe safe situations.
  2. Identify situations which need a decision related to staying safe.
  3. Identify options and their potential outcomes when making a decision related to safety.
  4. Decide whether help is needed to make a decision related to safety.
  5. Choose a healthy option when making a decision related to 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-6: Recognize and avoid dangerous surroundings.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.3: Describe ways in which safe and healthy school and community environments can promote personal health.
  • Standard 5: Decision Making
  • Performance Indicator 5.5.1: Identify health-related situations that might require a thoughtful decision.
  • Performance Indicator 5.5.2: Analyze when assistance is needed in making a health-related decision.
  • Performance Indicator 5.5.3: List healthy options to health-related issues or problems.
  • Performance Indicator 5.5.4: Predict the potential outcomes of each option when making a health-related decision.
  • Performance Indicator 5.5.5: Choose a healthy option when making a decision.
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