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First Grade Lessons

Speak Up Be Safe
A comprehensive, developmentally appropriate program designed for first through sixth grade students that focuses on topics such as: 
  • Child abuse
  • Bullying
  • Sexual harassment prevention
  • Technology safety
Two safety-focused classroom lessons are facilitated at each grade level as indicated. Take-home educational materials are distributed among students to share with parents and caregivers and to encourage relevant discussion. Curriculum covers the major topics that are indicated, along with relevant key terms. 
Program Curriculum 
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Speak Up Be Safe - Grade 1 Major Topics and Key Terms:


  • All children are special and it is the job of adults to keep children safe.
  • Safety Rule #1: “It’s MY body!”  Students learn that they have a right to be safe and that includes their bodies. They learned that their private body parts are the parts that are covered by a bathing suit.
  • Safety Rule #2: “Ask an adult if I am safe.”  Students are encouraged to use this rule in situations that might put them at risk for injury or abuse. If a child is wondering about her/his safety, it means the need to get to an adult who can help them.
  • Students learn the term CHILD ABUSE and that some people might trick them into abusive situations.
  • Students learn that knowing their personal identification information can help others keep them safe.
  • Safety Rule #3: "I have choices." Students learn that in situations where they might not be safe, they can think about what choices they have to help them get to a safe place. Your child talked about situations where he or she might not be able to get away or stay away from an unsafe person or situation.
  • Safety Rule #4: "Tell someone." Students learn it is important to tell a safe adult when they have been abused or if someone is not following the safety rules.
  • Students identify safe adults in their lives.
  • Safety Rule #5: "It's never my fault." Students learn that if they are ever abused, even if they are tricked, it is never their fault and it is never too late to tell someone.