People Who Help Us   

Aim Rationale
Learners Prerequisites
Subject Matter Idaho State Preschool Standards
Instructional Plan Materials
Glossary Assessment/Evaluation
Links and Resources

Aim:

People who Help Us unit is designed to provide preschool children with an understanding of community helpers, what these people do, how they help us and how we can help others.

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Rationale:

Many children this age do not know about fire safety, play safety and stranger safety.  Children this age also want to feel like they can help others.  This unit gives the children a non-stressful way to learn safety skills and  provide opportunities to meet these people before a emergency event occurs.   Children also learn that we can help others by finding a big teddy bear who is loose in the school, then cleaning up the classroom after the big  bear and the children's teddy bears mess it up.

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Learners:

This Unit is recommended for preschool and kindergarten children and teachers.  This activity can be done in small or large groups.  The large groups should be less than ten children.

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Prerequisites:

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Subject Matter:

Health: Learn and identify potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities, and respond appropriately.  Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate and inappropriate behavior.  Recognize trusted adults who can provide assistance.  Begin to demonstrate an ability to identify, evaluate, and provide possible solutions to problems in real life situations.  Recognize safety signs and procedures at home, school, and in the neighborhood.

Math: Sort and classify objects by attributes. 

Language/Reading/Writing:    Repeat language in songs, poems, and plays.  Develop an understanding and enjoyment of reading through shared experiences with others.   Evaluate his/her own visual representation projects through stories and journals.  Use appropriate vocabulary to describe events, equipment and people.

Science:  Understand that all things (natural or man-made) might change over time.  Make predictions & express observations.  Make several observations of events utilizing the five senses. 

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Idaho State Preschool Standards:

263.01b - Sort and classify objects by attributes.

375.01a.- Begin to identify individuals who are helpful to people in their everyday lives.

373.01b.- Participate with groups to make decisions and solve problems.

527.02a - Explore changes.

529.01b - Make observations based on his/her own experiences, using all five senses.

671.01.c - Repeat rhymes, simple songs, pomes and finger plays.

671.02.a- Develop an understanding and enjoyment of reading through shared experiences with others.

671.02.b - Respond to text.

671.03.a - Develop a since of story or narrative from print, computer or video materials.

671.04.c - Understand the purpose of print.

769.01.e - Recognize safety signs and procedures at home, school and in the neighborhood.

770.01.a.- Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate and inappropriate behavior.

770.01.c.- Begin to demonstrate an ability to identify, evaluate and provide possible solutions to problems in real life situations.

772.01.a.- Identify potentially harmful objects, substances and activities and respond appropriately.

773.01.c.- Recognize trusted adults who can provide assistance.

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Instructional Plan:

This unit will take about a month.   I start this unit after finishing an unit about our school in mid-September.  The first week is fire safety, second week is bike, poison and riding in a car safety, third week is stranger safety and finally the last week is how we can help others be safe.  We learn how and when to use 911 through out the entire unit.  Minimum time needed for each part of the unit is 30 to 60 minutes, two days a week.  It can be expanded to five days a week.

First week: Fire Safety

Second week: Ambulance and Safety

Third week: Stranger Safety

Forth week: How We Can Help Others

A week or two before starting this unit call your local fire department, EMT/Paramedics and police office to see if they would be willing to visit your school or have you visit them.  A good idea is to get confirmation on a date, then call the day before, so they can get ready for your class.

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Materials:

For this unit you will need: