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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: How to make a family plan (disasters)

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

Smokey Bear

Information and Resources on wildfire prevention​​​​​

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 ​

Gangs Information - Los Angeles Police Department

The Los Angeles Police Department provides information on signs of gang involvement, g​ang awareness and gang prevention.​

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 Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Rutgers Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 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.​​

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 (HEF pg#) to teach about healthy relationships and communication. 
  • Have students Create Safety Plan using a template (HEF pg#)  
  • 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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