Just Suppose

Lesson Objective:

Teach children what poisons are and that poisons can come in solids, liquids, gases, and sprays. Children will understand that these poisons are dangerous, and they will explain what they could do in dangerous situations.

Students will understand that poisons can be found in many different places, and they come in different forms – solids, liquids, gases, and sprays. They will be able to identify poisons in the house that aren’t safe.

Children should learn to:

  1. Define poison.
  2. Identify different types of poison.
  3. Recognize bottles or packages that indicate an item is poisonous.
  4. Stay away from areas in the home that could contain poisonous items: medicine cabinets, kitchen, bathroom, garage and storage areas.
  5. Never touch, taste, or smell something that could be poisonous, especially if you don’t know what it is.

Teacher Narrative:

Let’s play a game of “just suppose.” I want you to imagine that these things could happen to you, and tell me what you would do!


  1. Suppose you were playing in your home and you found a box of pills or a bottle of medicine open with the cap off.
    • What would you do?
    • Why?
  2. Suppose you found your baby brother or sister playing with something like a cleaner or detergent.
    • What would you do?
    • Why? 
  3. Suppose you found a soda bottle in the garage and it was filled with something that looked like apple juice.
    • Would you taste it?
    • Why or why not? 
  4. Suppose you found a bush with pretty red berries on it.
    • Would it be okay to eat any of the berries?
    • Why or why not?