Laws and Rules to Keep Us Safe
Concept: Laws are rules that have been made to protect the rights of people and to keep them safe.
Purpose: To acquaint students with the role of the police officer in the classroom and to review safety practices to protect students from harm to and from school, at school, at home, and in the community.
Objective: Students will be able to make safe choices when confronted with situations which may cause them harm.
1. Explain to the class that the police and the schools are working together to help students learn how to protect themselves by making safe choices.
2. Talk to the students about what it means to be safe, and why they feel safe at a place like school.
3. Write the word "rule" on the chalkboard and ask students to describe a rule. Define it as "a statement of what to do or of what not to do."
4. Lead a discussion on rules by asking questions such as:
Why do we have rules
5. Tell the class that laws are rules that are made to protect the rights of the people. Conduct a discussion to elicit responses to the following questions:
Why do people make
6. Talk about and define the word victim. A victim is "someone who is hurt, tricked, or treated in the wrong way." Tell the class that an important way NOT to become a victim is to learn what to do to avoid dangerous situations. Knowing how to act and react is very important.
7. Write the words KNOW, SAY NO, GO, and TELL on the chalkboard. Explain to students that these are the four steps in saying no to unsafe situations. Give the following example situation:
"You are walking down the street, and someone in a car pulls up beside you and asks you to come inside the car to help look for a lost dog." Tell the students the four important steps for saying no.
Role-play the situation with students to demonstrate the four steps to say no and how to summon help. Emphasize the importance of giving necessary information when seeking help.
8. Summarize the lesson by brainstorming with students about safety measures to use to avoid dangerous situations. Examples of important rules students can follow are:
This lesson used with permission from DARE Officer Ed Barragan