The Topic:

Easier - Safety is freedom from danger or harm. Everyone needs to know how to act safely in dangerous situations. For example, when riding a bike you should wear a helmet and follow traffic rules.
Harder - Safety involves being careful in order to prevent an accident or risk that could cause harm or injury. Acting responsibly in dangerous situations can sometimes save a life. For example, every family should have a plan for escaping their house in case of a fire. Other preparation involves safety equipment such as using a safety device on a gun, wearing a life preserver when boating, or wearing a seat belt in a car.
Safety should be considered whenever starting a new activity. For example, when learning to ride a bike, use a skateboard, or paddle a canoe, you should learn the proper safe techniques.
Prevention is an important element of safety. For instance, many fires can be prevented by following some simple guidelines such as not leaving burning candles unattended.
FEMA for Kids
This site teaches you how to be prepared for disasters and how you can prevent disasters by taking action now! You can also learn what causes disasters, play games, read stories and become a Disaster Action Kid.
Health and Safety at Disney's EduStation
At this site you find a lot of teacher-tested ideas and websites to explore on several safety areas.
Kid's Page (U.S. Fire Administration)
Here you find tips that can help you and your family be safe from fire.
More Fire Safety Sites:
2) Fire Pals
3) Fire Safety
4) Fire Safety
5) Hot Spot (Florida State Fire College)
6) Kids Fire Safety Tips
7) Preventing and Fighting Fires (World Book)
8) Smokey Bear
9) Sparky the Fire Dog http://WWW.SPARKY.ORG/
Safe Kids
Learn about bike, pedestrian, passenger, fire, water, ad water safety. Also, find out about preventing scald and falls. Gun safety and poison prevention are also discussed.
More Safe Kids Sites:
After visiting several of the websites, complete one or more of these activities:
Make Good Choices. Read Kid's Space: For Kids Only. Do you think you would make good decisions about your own safety? Why or why not? Create your own slide show in KidPix or PowerPoint showing safety in your life. Think about safety at school, home, and play.
Build a Safety Bulletin Board. Read the book Officer Buckle and Gloria. Use the Safe Kids website to find safety tips. Put these tips on large yellow stars and post them on a bulletin board.
Write a Safety Story. Read the story of Sparky the Fire Dog. Write your own story about safety. It could be about fire, boat, bike, weather, farm, water, ice, sun, animal, or any other kind of safety. Think about how an animal hero could be part of your story. Be sure to include facts about safety in your story.
Sing a Safety Song. Listen to Fire Safety Songs and watch the videos. Write your own safety song. Record your song and send it to a safety pal at another school.
Create a Fire Escape Plan. Following the directions at the Fire Escape Planning page to create your own family plan. Once you have a plan, use Hydro's Hazard Page to make sure you've considered each room in your house. Update your plan as needed. Compare your plan with other students. Read the article on Developing an Escape Plan for more information.
Fire Safety Mural. Use the following websites to learn about fire prevention and safety: Fire Prevention, KIDDE Home and Fire Prevention, Fire Safety, Fire Pals, and Fire Safety. Create a mural of a community that includes a home and school. Identify areas on your mural that might contain fire hazards. Create labels showing how to prevent fires.
Make a Bike Safety Video. Use the following websites to learn about bike safety: Helmet Safety, Bicycle Safety, Safety Tips, Bike Safety and Safe Bicyclist. Create a list of the most important safety considerations. Create a two minute video demonstrating bike safety.
Make a Safety Poster. There are many kinds of safety. Choose a type of safety from the Health and Safety or Safety Always for Everyone page. Use the links to find out more about safety. Then, create a poster showing the most important safety rules. Share your poster with younger students.
Demonstrate Boat Safety. Read about boat safety at Boat Safe Kids, Boating Safety Tips, and Boating Safety. Create a demonstration showing how to use a piece of boating safety equipment such as a life preserver or a life vest.
Record Weather Safety Stories. Learn about weather safety at Severe Weather Awareness and Safeside. Read Survivor Stories about people who have survived lightning or electrical shocks. Also, read about Hurricane Survivors. These are very powerful stories. Interview someone who has had an accident or survived a weather disaster. Write their story. Get help for writing and interviewing at Oral History.
Conduct a Seat Belt Safety Survey. Check out the Seat Belt Room. Then read Fairy Tales about Seat Belts. Conduct a seat belt safety survey. Ask people whether they use their seat belt every time they ride in a car. Also, ask their age and gender. Create a chart showing who uses and don't use seat belts. Then, create a poster to convince the people who don't use seat belts about their importance. Focus your poster on the people who use seat belts the least.
Make an Ice Safety Chart. Explore ice safety sites: Basic Ice Safety, Ice Safety, Ice Safety Tips, Ice Safety, and Ice Safety. How thick should the ice be to feel safe? Create a chart or drawing showing the different thicknesses of ice and write about safety concerns for each ice thickness.
Write an Internet Safety Article. Is the Internet safe for children and teenagers? What do you think? Read information at the following websites: Safety Tips for Kids, Child Safety on the Information Highway, Internet Safety Kit, Safe Surfin': Kids and Teens, Staying Street Smart on the Web! at Yahooligans, and Kids.Com Internet Safety. Write an article for parents about planning for use of Internet with their children.
Prepare for a Natural Disaster. Are you ready for a disaster in your area? How could you help during a disaster? Create a list of potential disasters in your area. Select one. Use the FEMA for Kids for ideas about planning for this type of disaster. Create a brochure to share with teachers, parents, and community members.
Create a Calendar. Learn about the special safety weeks during the year. Create a calendar of these weeks. Choose one event and plan activities. Explore the following sites for ideas: National Safety Awareness Week, Severe Weather Awareness Week, Fire Prevention Week, National Farm Safety & Health Week, National School Bus Safety Week, and National Safe Boating Week.
Play a Game or Take a Quiz. Try a safety game at Fire Safety Game, Help Sparky out, Smokey Bear Games, or Fire Safety Games. Take an Animal Safety Quiz to find out if you would be safe around animals.
Complete a SafetyQuest. Adapt or follow the instructions found at one of these safety WebQuests.
1) Bear Facts
2) Bike Safety Webquest
3) Firefighter's Webquest
4) Fire Safety Webquest
5) Fire Safety Webquest
6) Fire Safety Webquest
7) Lightning Safety Webquest
8) Safe Kid's Webquest
9) Safety Webquest
10) Safety Prevention Webquest
11) Tornado Webquest
12) Weather Webquest
13 Web Trails Webquest (Outdoor safety)
Websites By Kids For Kids
911 Safety Rage! (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
Learn how to avoid danger when traveling from home to school and walking along the beach and near the water. For example, young children should know how to cross the street safely, how to contact emergency agencies and how to follow directions without getting lost.
Disaster Strikes! (1999 Internet Challenge)
This site provides general information and some safety information for natural disasters.
Don't Let the Web Catch You (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
This page was created to help children, (adults as well), learn how to be safe on the Internet. Here you find safety tips, a glossary, information on viruses and dangerous parts of the Web.
Fire Safety for Grades 3-9 (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
Learn more about the different aspects to fire safety: the history of fire, the science of fire, real life math problems involving fire and health and safety around fire.
SAFE-Safety Always For Everyone (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
This page is for kids to learn how to be safe. This page has tips, a "parents' guide" and a safety quiz to see what kids know about being safe.
Safety On The Go (1999 Internet Challenge)
The purpose is to interest, educate, and inform students about the varied aspects of safety in different seasons of the year.
Sports Safety (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
This site tells how to stay safe while playing sports.
Staying Alive! (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
This site describes the top five causes of death among children. Learn basic safety rules so you will not be a statistic.
Lots More Sites
Abandoned Mines
Abandoned mines can be dangerous. This site provides safety ideas for surface mines, underground mines, and unauthorized areas.
Animal Safety Tips: I Like Kids But...
This slide show provides tips for being safe around animals.
More Animal Safety Sites:
2) Preventing Dog Bites
3) Safety with Dogs
4) Safety Tips for Kids
5) Safety Tips for Kids that have Pets
6) Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
Basic Ice Safety
Find out when it's safe to walk on the ice and what to do if you fall in.
More Ice Safety Sites:
2) Ice Safety
3) Ice Safety
4) Ice Safety
5) Ice Safety Tips
Boat Safe Kids
Learn about boat safety including distress signals, navigation, knots, and other useful information.
More Boating Safety Sites:
2) Boating Safety
3) Boating Safety Tips
Bus and School Zone Safety
This website provides information about bus and traffic safety.
Children Home Alone from Child & Family Canada
This site includes safety checklists, and a wordsearch and quiz for kids!
Children's Safety Zone
Here you find a babysitter's guide, Christmas safety, fire safety and pool safety tips.
Elmer the Safety Elephant
Let Elmer the Elephant teach you all about school bus, railway, and street safety. Includes info for parents as well as activities for kids!
Farm Safety and Health Information Clearinghouse from the University of Minnesota
Lots of resources on farm safety are to be found at this site.
More Rural Safety Sites:
2) Farm Safety 4 Just Kids
3) National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
4) Safety & Health from N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Get the Helmet Habit
Learn about the importance of bike safety and specifically about wearing a helmet. This website contains lots of activities about helmets.
More Bike Safety Sites:
2) Are You a Safe Bicyclist?
3) Bicycle Safety
4) Bike Safety: The Police Notebook
5) Kid's Cycling Page
6) Safety Tips
Kidde Home Safety Information Center
Captain Kidde introduces you to home and fire safety information and activities.
Kids' Lightning Information and Safety
Scientists think that lightning hits somewhere on the earth about 100 times every second. More people are killed by lightning than by any other kind of storm, including hurricanes and tornadoes. A lot more people are hurt by lightning than are killed by it and many of those who live are hurt very badly.
More Lightning Safety Sites:
2) Lightning
3) Personal Lightning Safety
4) Understanding Lightning
Safety Tips for Kids at America Links Up
This site provides you with five commonsense rules for online safety.
More Internet Safety Sites:
2) Child Safety on the Information Highway
3) Internet Safety Kit (New Zealand)
4) Kids.Com Internet Safety
5) Safe Surfin': Kids and Teens
6) Safety on the Internet
7) Staying Street Smart on the Web! at Yahooligans
Seat Belt Room
Seat belts are the most important way to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in car accidents. This website provides information about seat belt safety.
More Seat Belt Safety Sites:
2) Fairy Tales about Seat Belts Get Safe with SafeSide
Learn about safety preparations for severe weather including lightning and tornadoes.
More Weather Safety Sites:
2) Severe Weather Awareness
Websites for Parents
Children Today: Bus Safety
Explore rules and regulations to teach children about bus safety.
Education and Resources at National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Here are child safety tips for youth sports, travel, school, holidays, homes and lots more.
Yellow Light! Stop, Look, & Listen: Proceed with Caution at Family Guide Book
Here are some basic Internet safety rules you need to follow and teach your children to follow.
Similar Websites:
2) Child Safety on the Internet: An Analysis of Recent Thinking by Gwen Solomon
3) Everything You Need to Know About: Kids Online Safety at Cyberangels
4) Guide for Parents and Teachers at SafetyEd International
5) Internet Advocate
6) Keeping Kids Safe Online (Police Notebook, Univ. of Oklahoma)
7) Safe Kids
8) Safety on the Internet
Websites for Teachers
Auto Collisions and Auto Safety (Grades 9-12)
This project information sheet involves the analysis of automobile safety and automobile collisions. The efforts of accident reconstructionists, safety administrators, and automobile designers to reduce collision frequency and insure vehicle safety will be examined.
Basic Water Safety / Reaching Assists by Jeremy D. Zacher (AskERIC Lesson Plan, Grades 1-3)
This lesson shows children at a young age, basic safety rules for swimming pools or lakes, and how to help out a distressed swimmer by the use of a reaching assist.
Bicycle Safety An AskERIC Lesson Plan by Andrea D. Yehl (Grades 1-3)
This lesson plan covers bicycle safety and crossing the street.
Related Lesson Plans:
2) Bicycle Safety by Lisa Fix (AskERIC Lesson Plan , Grades 1-2)
3) Bicycle Safety: Obstacle Course by Michelle A. Zenk (AskERIC Lesson Plan, Grades 2-7)
Follow the Rules, Get Safely to School a lesson planning article at Education World
Bus safety isn't a one-week topic; it's a year-round subject that connects to many curriculum areas.
I'm Safe Network
The I'm Safe! Network website provides information to help parents and their children make smart choices to avoid unintentional injury.
No to Pyro - Fire Safety by Eric A. Peterson (AskERIC Lesson Plan, Grades K-1)
Children need to learn how to handle situations where something is not safe when dealing with fire.
Other Fire Safety Lesson and Activity Plans:
2) Fire Prevention
3) Fire Safety by Betsy Jernigan (AskERIC Lesson Plan, Grades 1-2)
4) Fire Safety (Grades K-3)
Outdoor Emergency Care from the Safety Ski Patrol
Here are several lesson plans, lessons, teaching tips, and tests for outdoor emergency care.
Playground Safety
Explore playground safety information and links to information about safety.
Risk Watch™ Lesson Plans at the National Fire Protection Agency (Grades K-7)
This site has lots of lesson plans and activities for teaching safety.
Safety First An AskERIC Lesson Plan by Kari Jo Nelson (Grades K-1)
Given many situations, children will gain a perspective in recognizing unsafe situations and selecting the correct response or reaction.
Similar Lesson Plans:
2) Safety by Kim-Scott Miller (AskERIC Lesson Plan, Grades 2-4)
3) Taking a Safety Tour (Grades 9-12)
Winter Survival an AskERIC Lesson Plan by Tony Stiel (Grades 4-6)
In this lesson plan the students will learn what to do when stranded in a car during the middle of winter. They will also learn how to construct a winter survival kit for their parents car.
Internet safety
first aid
emergency care
safety rules
unsafe situation
survival kit
bicycle helmet
fire extinguisher
life preserver
traffic rules
life vest
gun safety
water safety
fire safety
knee pads
seat belt
train safety
traffic lights
animal safety
ice safety
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 1/99
Updated, 12/00