Key Words: Curriculum Materials, social studies, 7-12
Paula Sibley
Lieu of Essays about Safety Tips

Stranger Safety (

What do you do if approached by a stranger? You shout "No" and get away quickly. You tell a trusted adult or call 9-1-1 or O for the operator; don't hang up until you are told to do so; and listen for instructions. You should try and remember what the person looked like and what the person was wearing.

Kid Safety on the Internet (

For the teenagers who love to use the internet, there are 5 tips they need to know. When they receive a strange password in a mail list, they should remove it or log it off immediately. If a stranger gets in the instant message, the student should log off and report it to his parent or a trusted adult. The student should never give his name, address, telephone, or password to a stranger. The student should interact with the other students on the internet enjoying a variety of programs. Students with common interests can be entertained and educated on the internet.

Home Phone Safety (

Thousands of students love to chat on the phone with their friends at home. They should protect themselves by being aware of some safety rules. When they are alone at home and the telephone rings, they should discuss with their parents how and when to answer the phone. If they are allowed to answer the phone, they should just say hello not give their name, and never tell the caller that their parents are not home. They should never reveal any information about their families to the caller. If they get a prank call, they should hang up and call their parents or a trusted adult when they feel threatened or afraid.

Firesafety (

The household should install smoke detectors. If the detector is not working, replace the battery with a new one. The family should set up a escape plan and practice together twice a year. They should watch for any signs of smoke by checking everywhere in the house before they go to bed. They should be careful cooking and never leave it unattended. They should put the matches in a higher position in a cupboard so the small or younger children can't reach them. They should check all electrical cords to make sure that they are not cracked or overloaded. If they smell an unusual smell, they should unplug them immediately. If someone gets burned, immediately place the wound in cool water for 10 to 15 minutes to ease the pain and see the doctor. If someone's clothes catch fire don't run! All students should know the rule: STOP, DROP, and ROLL. The student should stop where they are, drop to the ground, and roll over to smother the flames while covering their face with their hands to protect their face and lings. If they must exit through smoke they should get down on their hands and knees, and crawl to the nearest exit.

Bus Stop Safety (

How do you reach your school bus stop safety? The students are riding the school bus daily. While they are on their way to the bus stop area, there are tips for them to learn. They should be alert to the dangers while they are walking to the stop area and never walk alone. They should walk on the sidewalk or on the grass beside the street and never walk facing the traffic. If the students have to walk on the street, they should stay close to the edge of the pavement. They should obey all traffic lights and signals and only cross at corners or use crosswalks where they are marked. Students waiting for the school bus should not play around. They should remain on the curb and wait until the school bus comes to a complete stop. They should always cross in front of the bus at the driver's direction, never walking behind the bus, because the driver may not see them. They should enter and leave the bus in a single file and step away from the bus after getting off. One important thing for the students to do is obey the school bus rules. They should recognize and know the driver on sight.

How did the teacher use it?

The teacher researched the related topic and collectrd information with pictures, film strips, videotapes with closed captioned, and booklets for her 7th and 8th hearing impaired students. She taught it as a unit which she presented daily for a week with each topic. She wrote the safety tips of each topic on each poster. She posted the posters on the wall where the students could see them clearly. Posters were placed in various places. For example: bus stop safety by the back of the door, home phone safety by the teacher's desk, fire safety on the side of the blackboard, and stranger safety on the other side of the blackboard. She allowed the students to observe all the posters when they enter the classroom. The teacher asked the students if they understand the tips and began a dialogue with them for some feedback. She allowed time for the students to ask questions. She explained the tips step by step to make sure the students understood the purpose of the lessons with videotapes or any visual demonstration. She allowed the students to look at the posters when they had their free time. The students acted out each topic and the teacher leaded the role to show how to defend herself in front of the students. She allowed the students take turns acting out on how to defend themselves. The teacher arranged a guest speaker from Red Cross agency.

What insights did I get from this exercise?

The exercise really taught me since I was never taught for my protection while growing up. All I got was a "No,...." by the adults when I was in the situation. I believed that the deaf students should learn by being honest or have open communication from the adults instead of overprotection. There are so many tips that the students should know because they are expected to be responsible for themselves. The demonstration in the lesson plans will impact the students and they will comprehend after they see the demonstration and act out on how to defend themselves. In the future, they will face the dangers and have courage to protect themselves. The teacher should write the notes to the students' parents about the lesson plans and encourage the parents to participate in the lesson plans if they can. Communication is a key for the student to understand safety at home or at school. The students can develop their trusts in their parents if the parents show their interests in protecting their children. They can trust the teacher when they see that the teacher is doing his duty to protect the students and their future.

Submitted by:Paula Sibley SCNNLYP@AOL.COM

Uploaded by: BJ Lawrence/ Kent State University/ Deafed Major