CPR Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Are you looking for a simple way to teach your students about CPR? This lesson plan will help you do just that with a video lesson that outlines the basics of CPR. A quiz will test their knowledge before an activity gives practice and a meaningful takeaway for students.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the acronym 'CPR' and explain what it is
  • summarize the purpose and benefits of CPR
  • list and explain each step of CPR


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • An audio clip of the Bee Gee's song Stayin' Alive
  • A ruler
  • White butcher paper
  • Throw pillows
  • Blank business cards
  • Fine-tipped markers in assorted colors


  • Begin by writing the following term on the board 'CPR.'
    • What is CPR?
    • Why is it important?
  • Play the video lesson Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Definition & Procedure for the class, pausing it at 1:25.
    • How did we do in explaining CPR?
    • What does the name 'cardio pulmonary resuscitation' tell us about the purpose of CPR?
  • Play the video lesson for the class again. Pause it this time at 2:49.
    • Why is it so important to remain calm in an emergency?
    • What is an example of an environmental hazard?
    • How can you tell if someone needs assistance?
    • Once you've determined that someone needs help, what should you do?
    • What is an AED and when should it be used?
  • Play the video lesson for the class again and pause it at 5:12.
    • What is a chest compression and why is it important?
    • How many chest compressions should be given?
  • Play the audio clip of Stayin' Alive for the class, asking students to tap their fingers on their desks along to the song to get a better idea of what 100 compressions per minute looks like.
  • Pass the ruler around the classroom to have students note the measurements for the depth of compressions for adults, children, and infants.
    • What might be some examples of situations where you are unable to provide rescue breaths?
  • Play the remainder of the text lesson for the class.
    • What is a rescue breath?
    • How many rescue breaths should be given?
    • How long does a rescue breath last?
    • What is the difference between a rescue breath for adults and children, and a rescue breath for an infant?
  • How long should CPR be administered?
  • Pass out the worksheet, one per student.
  • Have students work independently to complete the worksheet using what they learned about CPR from the video lesson.
  • When all students have finished the worksheet, review each question and answer as a class, allowing students to self-correct any mistakes as you go.

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