Teaching your students about the 911 system is one of the most important and valuable lessons you can teach them. 911 is now a centralized phone number for all types of emergencies.
Explain to your students when is and when isn't an appropriate time to call 911. Preparing a picture chart can help the visual learners to grasp this concept a little better.
Ask the students questions such as:
- Do we call 911 when there is a fire in our house?
- Do we call 911 when our mommy is angry?
- Do we call 911 when our mommy or daddy is bleeding a lot?
- Do we call 911 when our mommy or daddy ask us too?
- Do we call 911 if we get into a car accident?
- Do we call 911 if we see a stranger trying to break into our house?
Give the students simple yes or no question and answers. Give the students time to explore and practice the appropriate times to call 911. Assessment is based upon each child's answer.
Role playing is a wonderful way for preschoolers to learn. Pick a student and ask them to call 911 on a display phone. As the teacher, pretend to be the operator and ask the student questions. This will determine whether or not the student is in a real emergency.
Explain to the students who will come in case of an emergency. This may help them better understand who is there to help them as many preschoolers are familiar with police men, fire men, and ambulance workers.
A fire in the home, an intruder trying to enter the home, or an unconscious person are all important times to call 911 for help. Situations such as a scrapped knee, a lost pet, or a broken toy is not an appropriate time to call 911. It is extremely important to stress this to the preschoolers.
Use roll play and allow the students to practice calling 911 with their peers.