Health Care Helpers

Health Care Helpers lesson plan

Who are the people who keep us healthy and safe? Kids learn more about rescue and medical careers by showing these caregivers in action.

  • 1.

    Students choose a health or safety topic such as taking care of their teeth, riding bicycles, fire prevention, or doing regular exercise. With Crayola® Colored Pencils, write a list of basic health or safety rules that apply to this topic.

  • 2.

    Students find out the ways that health and safety personnel help people in daily life and during emergencies. Learn what local telephone number to call in an emergency, and the information needed. Find out about what health care and emergency workers do in the community.

  • 3.

    Design a poster or diorama showing a scene in which these workers are helping people. To make a poster, for example, you might cut blue construction paper in half on the diagonal with Crayola Scissors. Attach it to white construction paper with Crayola School Glue. Glue this sheet onto red construction paper. Write Call 911 (or your local emergency number), or other safety messages around the edge.

  • 4.

    On more white construction paper, use Crayola Washable Markers, Multicultural Markers, and Fine Tip Markers to make figures of people, cars, bikes, ambulances, EMTs, doctors and/or nurses, fire fighters, police officers, and other people who might be involved. Cut out figures and glue them on the poster.

Standards

  • LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably
  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  • LA: Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SS: Identify roles as learned behavior patterns in group situations such as student, family member, peer play group member, or club member.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: Oh the Things You Can Do That Are Good for You!: All About Staying Healthy by Tish Rabe; The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! by Edward Miller;
  • Invite a local health care worker to meet with the class and discuss his profession. Prior to the visit, students compose questions for the expert. After the meeting, students post learning to a class blog.
  • Students research a medical condition, such as diabetes, and report on how the condition affects the human body, as well as what steps need to be taken to stay healthy. Students organize research into an electronic format for sharing with classmates.