Water Safety Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about safety in the water using this lesson plan. Students define water safety, learn some water-safety guidelines and advice, then create a plan for safe water experiences.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'water safety'
  • list and explain water safety tips
  • create a plan for being safe in water-related activities


  • 1 hour


  • Construction paper
  • Markers and crayons
  • Scissors and glue

Key Vocabulary

  • Recreational safety
  • Water safety
  • Drowning

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

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 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10

By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


  • Connect students to the topic by having respond to the following prompt with their seat partners:
    • I am safe when around water by…..
  • Listen in to conversations, guiding students towards the topic. Ask students to share thoughts.
  • Start the video lesson Water & Recreational Safety: Definition and Precautionary Measures. Ask students to take notes if desired.
  • Pause the lesson at 00:32 and ask:
    • Why is safety important when we're participating in recreational activities?
    • What types of experiences can unsafe practices cause?
  • Allow students to briefly share experiences with unsafe practices, then resume the video.
  • Pause at 1:42. Record the statistics (concerning death or injury in water) on the board. Discuss:
    • Do these statistics surprise you? Explain.
    • What can happen to a person even if they survive a drowning?
  • Allow students to hypothesize methods of keeping safe in the water and record, then restart the lesson.
  • Pause at 3:59. Allow students to briefly discuss reactions to information in the section with seat mates, then create a 2-column chart on the board titled 'Reasons for Water-Related Accidents' and 'Water-Safety Tips.'
  • Have each group contribute to the chart, recording answers.
  • Resume the lesson, then pause at 5:05. Review the content by asking:
    • How can we be safe on bikes?
    • What safety precautions should we take on hikes?
    • Why should we wear helmets when skiing?
  • Play the Lesson Summary and allow students to complete conversations concerning water safety.

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