Home Alone: Grades 3 - 5

Objective - To identify safe practices when a child is home alone Duration One 45-minute period Materials Yes/No cards . . .

Objective

  • To identify safe practices when a child is home alone

Duration

One 45-minute period

Materials

Yes/No cards (index cards)

Preparation

Prepare a yes card and a no card for every member of the group.

Activity

  • Discuss with the group the importance of safe practices when they are at home alone.
  • Tell the children that they will watch skits performed by their peers and decide if the decisions made were good or bad by holding their yes or no card respectively.
  • Have children role-play the following situations:
    • You are at home alone when a friend calls and asks to come over to play.
    • You are at home with your younger brother. A friendly neighbor whom you recognize but do not know personally asks to use your phone because his is not working.
    • You are home alone. A stranger calls and asks to talk to your mother.
    • You and your younger sister are playing when she falls and cuts her leg. It is bleeding and looks very serious.
    • You are coming home from school alone and notice an electric company repairperson working on the porch light. Your father did not tell you that a repairperson would be working at your home.
  • Children hold up their yes or no card to show their agreement or disagreement with actions taken. Discuss how each situation could have been handled differently.
  • Have the children create their own role plays until everyone in the group has had a change to particpate.

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