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​​​​​​Injury Prevention and Safety in upper elementary focuses on building prevention skills, safety practices, and protocols at home, in school, and in the community. Student learning in this content area focuses on bullying prevention, emergency and disaster preparedness, gang prevention, gun safety, and healthy relationships. 

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Information and Resources

American Red Cross: Disaster Preparedness Plan

How to Make a Family Plan: Create and practice an emergency plan so your family will know what to do in a crisis.​​​​

Smokey Bear - Wildfire Prevention

Join Smokey Bear and learn how to prevent forest fires! Information and Resources on wildfire prevention​ from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS)​.

Firearms Safety Information - Project ChildSafe

​Project ChildSafe is committed to providing educators (including firearm instructors, elementary, middle and high school teachers) and students the resources they need to spread the message of firearms safety. Below are checklists, tips and videos to help educate students. It’s important that children become familiar with the rules of firearms safety.

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Cal-OES provides information and resources for disaster preparation and planning. ​​

National Preparedness Month - Ready provides Information and resources for Disaster ​Preparedness Month in September ​

Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization that provides information and resources to empower youth to “know the signs” and unite all people who value the protection of children.  Together, we can take meaningful actions in schools, homes, and communities to prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life. ​​

Web Wise Kids

Web Wise Kids is a national non-profit organization that provides unique and effective resources to equip young people to safely use and enjoy the latest technologies.​


Teen line is a crisis help line, text and message board for teens. ​

National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (the Forum) was established to build a national conversation concerning youth and gang violence that would increase awareness, drive action, and build local capacity to more effectively address youth violence through comprehensive planning. ​

Conflict Resolution at School and on the Playground - Rutgers New Jersey Policy Lab

Rutgers New Jersey Policy Lab provides information, resources, and curriculum on conflict resolution in schools.​​

Earthquake Safety - Great Shakeout

Schools have many key roles during disasters, and when they are well prepared everyone benefits. This K-12 resource provides drill planning guidance, educational resources for teaching earthquake science and safety, and preparedness and safety resources for assessing and improving school earthquake safety.

Curriculum and Lessons

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change to prevent childhood bullying, so that all youth are safe and supported in their schools, communities, and online.​​​​

Fire Prevention and Safety Middle School Resources

A complete language arts and science curriculum for grades 6–8. Students take on the role of forensic investigators in this program designed for the science/Earth science classroom. The program will reinforce critical thinking, speaking & writing, scientific inquiry, collaborative learning, and research skills in language arts, social studies, science & technical subjects, and health/safety.​​

Everything You Need to Teach Digital Citizenship and Well-Being - Common Sense Media

Help students take ownership of their digital lives. All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. Our award-winning K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum: Addresses top concerns for schools, prepares students with critical 21st-century skills, supports educators with training and recognition, and e​ngages the whole community through family outreach.​

McGruff® Talks to Students About Gun Safety

Let McGruff the Crime Dog® help you add gun safety to your health and wellness curriculum with two entertaining videos that teach students what to do if they should find a gun at home or see a student with a gun at school. The program also includes classroom activity sheets to reinforce learning, a take-home letter to engage families, and a gun safety pledge sheet for students and their parents/guardians to sign together.​​

Sandy Hook Promise: Start With Hello and Say Something Programs

​Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs programs effectively teach youth and adults how to prevent school violence, shootings, and other harmful acts. Start With Hello (Grades K-12) teaches children and youth how to minimize social isolation, empathize with others, and create a more inclusive and connected school culture. Say Som​ething (Grades K-12) trains​ students to look for warning signs and threats – especially on social media – of someone at risk of hurting themselves or others, and how to speak up to a trusted adult before a tragedy can occur.

KidSmartz - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Personal Safety lessons for grades K-5 about preventing abduction and empowers kids to practice safer behaviors. This program offers resources to teach t​he 4 Rules of Personal Safety using tips, printable activities, quizzes, articles, music, videos, and more. ​

NetSmartKids - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

NetSmartKids offers videos, games and activities that teach kids about Internet safety. ​

Preparedness Ambassadors: Disaster Preparedness for California’s Fourth Graders - CalOES

​The Preparedness Ambassadors curriculum is designed to engage fourth grade students t​o develop and promote disaster preparedness guidelines for the​ir home, school, and local community.​

Book List

Grade 4 - 6

Classroom Activities

  • ​Use Respectful Conversation Starters (Health Education Framework for California Public Schools, 2019, p.228) to teach about healthy relationships and communication. 
  • Have students Create Safety Plan using a template (Health Education Framework for California Public Schools, 2019, p.231​)  
  • Encourage students to bring safety equipment for show and tell, a photo of protective gear, or make a short video showing them using the gear. 
  • Student-led projects. Using an electronic format, students write and record their own one- to two-minute public service announcement (PSA) covering a chosen Internet safety topic. ​


​Partnering with the Family​​

  • Families are encouraged to have an emergency preparedness plan in place and a sign or poster in an accessible location on when to call 9-1-1. 
  • Search CDC’s Home Emergency Preparedness to provide resources for families. 
  • Families that share they have an emergency plan in place are given a certificate of appreciation. 
  • Consider hosting an information night for parents and local community agencies to share what your school is doing for bullying prevention and how to report bullying, harassment, and other dangerous situations. 
  • Using publishing software, students create an Internet safety calendar as a gift for their parents, guardians, or caretakers. ​

​​Partnering with your School​​​

  • All educators are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the district's policies on bullying, prevention, reporting, and intervention/response requirements. 
  • Students, teachers, and administrators should actively discuss the policies, what they mean, and what students should do if they have concerns. 
  • Many districts have mandatory training, and this is a great time to have students develop awareness campaigns to reduce bullying school-wide. 
  • The tips will allow the school to address bullying issues and ensure a no-tolerance-of-bullying climate at school. 
  • Students show peer support by nominating other students for a safety award that is highlighted in the school newsletter or noted on the school’s website. 
  • The students are given a certificate or plaque for demonstrating safe behaviors including the proper use of safety belts when riding in cars, wearing helmets when riding bicycles, pedestrian or transportation safety while commuting to and from school, wearing mouth guards when participating in athletic activities, and wearing other safety equipment as needed. ​

​​Partnering with your Community​​

  • Guest speakers from the local fire department, emergency management services, American Red Cross, and Poison Control Center, provide resources and teach the importance of developing and practicing emergency, fire, and safety plans at home and at school. 
  • Local EMS can instruct students, staff and parents on the Cardiac Chain of Survival to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest. 
  • Community organizations, and local nonprofits, that specialize in gang violence prevention may be invited as guest speakers. ​
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