Injury Prevention & Safety 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.

Do your students know how to be safe and prevent injuries? A text lesson provides key points and an activity gives them a chance to shine. Optional extensions and related lessons are provided to encourage ongoing instruction.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define 'injury'
  • outline various symptoms and different types of injuries
  • discuss potential treatments for injuries
  • design a plan for injury prevention and safety


1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.


  • Begin by asking the students to raise their hands if they have ever been injured.
  • Now, allow those who raised their hands to briefly tell the class about their injury.
  • Have the class read the introduction, 'Definition and Epidemiology' and 'Symptoms and Types' sections of the text lesson What is a Repetitive Stress Injury? - Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention.
  • Review the class' injuries in light of this information before moving on.
  • Next ask the students who have experienced injury about any tests and treatments that resulted from their injury, again discussing these briefly as a class.
  • Ask the class to read the rest of the lesson now.

Discussion Questions

  • What could have been done to prevent the injuries experienced by our classmates?
  • Were there similarities in types of injuries and the way they were treated?

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