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Labor Day Lesson Plan: The Police Officer

written by: Jacqueline Chinappi • edited by: Sarah Malburg • updated: 8/23/2014

Here we will teach children what the Police Officer does and how his job affects all of us. We will review some safety issues from the firefighter lesson and intertwine new themes, worksheets, book lists, and resources.

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    The Police Officer

    1. Meet the PoliceThe Police Cloud by Christoph Niemann 

    Speak to children about what a police officer is and what he or she does. Teach the students about how police help the community and fight crime. Make sure to teach the children that police officers are good and that children should not be afraid of them. Make sure to reintroduce 9-1-1 and speak about safety and strangers. offers some free downloads and great free stuff related to teaching children about police officers!

    2. Read a Book

    • The Police Cloud by Christoph Niemann
    • A Day at the Police Station by Huck Scarry
    • Big Mike’s Police Car by Leslie Mcguire and Joe MathieuI Want to Be a Police Officer by Dan Liebman 
    • I Want to Be a Police Officer by Dan Liebman
    • My Police Car by Dina Anastasio and Luana Rinaldo

    3. Coloring

    Have children color a picture of the letter P and teach the child that 'police officer' starts with the letter P. A worksheet can be found below.

    4. Crafts

    Print out police badges for the children. This download offers both police and EMT badges; print out the badges then allow them to P is for Police Officer color them. Print them on cardstock and help the children cut out their creation.

    5. Fun With Shapes and Colors

    Have children learn about shapes and colors with the worksheets to the right.

    6. Fun With Fingerprints!

    Teach the children that no two fingerprints are alike…not even siblings, twins, mother & daughter, etc. Have children learn about fingerprints. The link includes an FBI fingerprint chart to print out so that the children can create their own fingerprints.

    7. Song Time, Finger Play & Dramatic PlayPolice Car Shapes 

    Great site with finger play activities for not only police officer but firefighter, postal worker & health professionals.

    8. Making a Book

    Finish up the lesson by having the children look through magazines to find anything police officer/safety related. Allow them to cut and paste these pictures onto a police officer pictures page. By the end of the unit the children will have various collages of community helpers/workers that they can make into a book.