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Fifth 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 5 Major Topics and Key Terms:


  • It is the responsibility of adults to keep children safe.


  • Safety Rule #1: “It’s MY body!” Students learn that they deserve to be safe.


  • Students learn about respecting themselves and others and how to do this.


  • Students learn about personal boundaries, including how to set them and show others what they are.


  • There are four types of child abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect.


  • There are different kinds of child sexual abuse: touching, showing or talking about private body parts, as well as pornography.


  • Students learn about how others might try to TRICK or FORCE them into abusive situations.


  • Safety Rule #2: “Ask an adult if I am safe.” Students are encouraged to talk with adults when they are concerned about the potential for danger.


  • Safety Rule #3: “I have choices.” Students learn to consider their options and take action in an unsafe situation.


  • Safety Rule #4: “Tell someone.” Students learn that telling a safe adult about an unsafe situation is important.


  • Students learn that cyberbullying is wrong and can be hurtful.


  • Students learn about the importance of being a friend and helping others.


  • Students learn to tell someone when they feel unsafe or when someone else might feel unsafe. Children also discussed why it might be hard to tell, ways of telling, and that it is never too late to tell someone about unsafe situations or abuse.


  • Safety Rule #5: “It’s never my fault.” Students learn that child abuse is never their fault.