Lesson Plan #: AELP-INT0208
Submitted by: Lyn Merritts
School/University/Affiliation: Salem State College, Salem, MA
Endorsed by: Professor Diane Edwards, Salem State College, Salem, MA
Date: December 3, 2003
Grade Level: Preschool education
- Social studies
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Description: This lesson introduces children to the importance of knowing their names, addresses, and phone numbers. Children will practice reciting their names, addresses, and phone numbers. They can also call home, using a real telephone, and leave a message.
Goals: ECE Massachusetts Standards 1. History & Geography (Living, Learning, and Working Together) 2. Health (Family Life) 3. Health (Safety and Prevention)
Teacher Materials: Just Lost , by Gina and Mercer Mayer; a telephone
- Police Officer/Security Guard – A person who helps people in need.
- Brave – Courageous – Being able to help yourself even if you are afraid.
- Store clerk – A person who works in a store.
- Uniform – Official costume that some people wear to work.
- Spy – One who secretly watches others.
At story time, introduce Just Lost. (Authors’ Note: Just Lost is a story about a child who gets lost at the mall. The story tells about the emotions and problem solving skills that the child goes through to find the rest of his family who are lost at the mall. Children can identify with this story which is done from the point of view of the child.)
Ask the group, What would you do if you got lost? Discuss why if is important to know certain information (name, address, and telephone number) to tell someone if you do get lost. Review the vocabulary words found in the story.
Explain that if they are able to give someone their name, address, and/or telephone number, it will be helpful to find their family. Have the children practice reciting their names, addresses, and/or telephone numbers (depending on ability). Practice identifying numbers on a real telephone.
Assessment: Give each child an opportunity to recite his or her name, address, and/or telephone number. Give each child a chance to call his or her home and leave a message to listen to later.
Special Comments: Teachers may want to invite a police officer or security guard in to talk to the children.