Grade 1 Safety

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2011

Subject: Social Studies                                

Grade: First Grade

Unit: Safety                                                    

Pacing: Ongoing Throughout the Year

Essential Question:

What rules do you need to follow to keep safe?


Big Idea:

Rules help keep us safe.


CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)


1.7.1 Explain how rules and laws help to establish order and insure safety.



2.1.1 Access information from non print materials with assistance.

2.1.2 Gather information from listening to and reading nonfiction texts.

2.4 Participate in classroom discussions.

3.1 Describe two different sides/points of view of one event.



“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)


Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



There are various topics on safety such as:


Classroom Rules help keep us safe in school.


We learn Fire Safety to protect ourselves in case of fire.


We learn Bus Safety to keep us safe on the bus.


We learn Field Trip Rules to keep us safe on a field trip.


We learn Stranger Danger to keep us safe from people we do not know.


















Explain how rules and laws help to establish order and insure safety.


This unit can be enriched with the following Scott Foresman stories:

Tumble Bumble Unit 1

Home, Safety, Citizenship

Look at That/Can You Find

Neighborhood/Community,Safety, Citizenship

What Did I See?/I Went Walking


Safety, Citizenship

Fix Mix/How Many Fish?


A Big Day For Jay   Unit 5

Lost in the Museum

The True Story of Abbie Burgess

The Bravest Cat










Not given to first grade students at this time.




Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Big and/or Small Books

Posting of Classroom Rules

Chart Paper













Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:


Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections