Electrical Safety Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

How can your students stay safe around electricity? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key electrical safety points, then uses activities to extend and apply their understanding to real-life situations.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what electricity is
  • detail why electrical safety is important
  • describe ways to stay safe when using electricity

Length

  • 45 minutes for the core lesson
  • An additional hour for the supporting activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson Electricity Safety Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Prepared electrical safety task cards that list ways to be safe with electricity, such as asking an adult for help, unplugging cords properly, and staying away from power lines (Use the lesson for guidance.)
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Electricity
  • Conductor

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Tell students to take a three-minute walk around the classroom to look for ways you use electricity.
  • When students return to their seats, have them write down all the ways they saw.
  • Share students' answers and record on the board.
    • How much do you rely on electricity?
    • How would your classroom be different without it?
    • Do you use some things more than others?
    • Which things do you use only in seasonal capacities, like air conditioners or heaters?
  • Ask groups to discuss in small groups how they use these things safely, then share as a whole group.
  • Tell students they will be learning about electrical safety. Allow them to share current understanding, then have groups brainstorm and record questions they have about electrical safety.

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