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Just Suppose

Lesson Objective:
Teach children that there are many types of poisons in the home. It is important to know what to do if you are someone you know finds or is exposed to one. Students will use their knowledge to help decide what to do and how to stay safe from poisons.
Students 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 Preparation:
Before the lesson, read through the just suppose questions and determine correct responses. You may consider adding additional questions.
Key Terms:

Poison, Home, Medicine, Suppose

Just Suppose Lesson

Teacher Narrative:

A poison is anything that can hurt you or make you sick if you eat it, drink it, breathe it in, or get it on your skin or in your eyes. We should never play with, touch, smell, or taste poisons. 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!

A. Lesson Instructions:

  1. Ask students the following questions.
    • 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?
    • Suppose you found your baby brother or sister playing with something like a cleaner or detergent.
      • What would you do?
      • Why?
    • 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?
    • 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?
  • After the lesson discuss other options that might be better and reinforce the correct response with each student.

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