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Matches and Lighters Are for Grown-Ups

Students will learn that things made to start fires are dangerous and only for adults.

Lesson 1

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Matches and Lighters Are for Grown-Ups

Preparing for Your Lesson

Each lesson is designed to take approximately 20 minutes of educator or parent preparation and 30 minutes of classroom time. You can adjust the lessons as needed in order to better serve your students and incorporate into your existing curriculum.

We’ve included more details below to help you better understand the content:


20-25 minutes

Lesson & Discussion:

15-25 minutes


10-20 minutes

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Objectives of This Lesson

Matches and lighters can get hot. Students should be taught they are dangerous, and they should tell a grown-up if they find matches or a lighter.

  • Learn there are things inside and outside of the home that are hot or can get hot
  • Identify things that are hot or can get hot—including bath water, stoves, fireplaces, coffee, soup, matches, lighters, and many other things
  • Learn to stay away from hot things. Don’t touch anything that is hot and, if you are unsure if something is hot, stay away and check with a grown-up
  • Learn that matches and lighters are dangerous and can be hot
  • If you find matches or lighters, walk away and tell a grown-up
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Choose an Activity

Place trays or baskets labeled “Safe” and “Unsafe” on the table. Hold up pictures of items and call on students to tell you where the item goes. If it is safe, invite the student to place the item in the safe basket. If the item is unsafe, you can place it in the unsafe basket. Review the results, reinforcing that lighters or matches should only be touched by grown-ups.
Give the students the What Should I Do? worksheet and invite them to critically look at the pictures and draw a solution to the problem. Upon completion, review the situations and proper solutions as a class.

Daily Journal

Following the activities at the end of the lesson, the students should take some time to reflect on what they’ve learned about safe and unsafe items. As a class, take a few minutes to have the students write about the lesson in their journals.

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