With this activity, encourage a class discussion about safe practices when using electricity.
Skills supporting learning standards: making inferences, interpreting illustrations, participating in group discussions
Introduce this lesson by asking students to name things they use or do that require electricity. Answers might include: TV, subway, elevators, refrigerators, heat, lights, etc. Next explain that electricity helps us in many ways, but it can be dangerous if not used correctly or safely.
Copy and distribute the activity sheet and review the directions with students. Have students complete the page and then review the answers along with additional safety rules as a class.
Answers: Safe images: 1. B; 2. A; 3. A
- Don’t use electric appliances near water. Don’t touch an electric appliance if you’re wet or standing in water.
- Tell a grown-up if you see an electric cord that is broken.
- Always have a parent help you with electric appliances and cords.
- Don’t play with electric cords.
- Don’t stick fingers or any other objects into electric outlets.
- Don’t pull on electric cords.
- If you see a power line that is down, stay away and tell an adult so he or she can call the police and electric company.
Remind students that they should always tell a parent or grown-up if they see something unsafe.
As a follow-up activity, have students create mini-posters to represent electrical-safety rules and share them with the class.