Lesson Plan : Stranger Awareness

Teacher Name:
 Amber Norton
 Grade 1
 Special Education

 Strangers: grocery man, clerk, taxi driver, construction worker, ice cream man, a man walking, etc. People I know: family, doctor, bus driver, nurse, teacher, police man, principal. etc.
  The students will be able to identify someone whom they know and someone who is a stranger. The students will learn what to say to a stranger when he/she approaches them. The students will know how to physically defend themselves if a stranger tries to grab their arm and take them. The students will know not to take candy, food, toys, etc. from strangers.
  The students will be able to make specific distinctions between strangers and people they know. The students will learn techniques to use when they need to physically defend themselves from a stranger. Also, they will learn to use their words in saying no to strangers.
 Chart paper, story board pictures of strangers and people we know, The Fox and the Chicks book, stranger awareness video and tape.
  To begin the lesson, as a class, the students will complete a KWL chart. As the students discuss what they know and want to know about strangers the teacher will put their responses on the board underneath their correct column. As a hook to the lesson, the students will demonstrate what they learned the previous day in gym class on how to defend yourself when a stranger tries to take hold of your arm and take you with them. All the students stand up and demonstrate/practice this technique. To begin the lesson, the teacher reads a story called The fox and the Chicks.
  During the beginning of the lesson, the teacher models how to effectively defend yourself when a stranger tries to take hold of your arm. While reading the book, the teacher asks many questions about the events in the story. When the students answer the questions the teacher elaborates and gives explanations to the studentsí answers. After giving the explanations to their answers, the teacher checks for comprehension by asking a simply question that is either yes or no. Throughout the lesson, the teacher is giving the student explanations that relate to their lives so the student can generalize what they are learning in the classroom to their lives outside of school.
  Once the book is read, the students work together to complete a tree map. The tree map is titled Strangers and is has two categories labeled People I Know and Strangers. On the carpet in front of the tree map is a pile with pictures of different people. The students are to take one at a time and talk to each other to determine whether this picture illustrates someone they know or a stranger.
 For those students who are not being challenged with the lesson, the teacher will make the accomidation of giving those students several pictures and have them sort the pictures into two groups. This activity will be more challenging than simply identifying one or two cards. Accommodations for those students who have difficulty with comprehension of this lesson will be given modifications such as smaller choices of cards. For example, instead of giving the student two cards and having them identify both, they will only be given one card and the teacher will verbally say is this a picture of someone you know or is this a stranger? The teacher will give verbal prompts to the student when struggling to come up with an answer. The teacher will ask questions to gear the student in the right direction. These accommodations help the teacher assess the comprehension of the concept.
Checking For Understanding:
 To check for understanding, the teacher will frequently ask the students questions to assess their comperehension of the lesson.
  To wrap up the lesson, the students will watch a video on stranger awareness. Once the video is complete, the students will discuss what they learned from the video and how the video connects to what they learned during the lesson.
 To measure the progress, the teacher will have a checklist for each student to assess their comprehension of the concepts learned. Also, the students will work together to complete their KWL chart, filling in the last section, what I learned.
Teacher Reflections:
  The lesson went great! All the students loved the hook at the beginning of the lesson where they got to stand up and show the class how to physically defend yourself from a stranger who is trying to grab you. The students also enjoyed the book. This book met the needs of these students in that it was entertaining and easy to follow along. While is was engaging, it was also covering the concept of strangers and presenting the students with an example of what could happen when a stranger approaches you. Overall, this was a great lesson that focused on a major social skill that all students need to know, especially those with special needs. This is a concept that can be revisited when situations arise in and outside of the classroom.

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