Unsafe Situations: Our Physical Warning Signs

Created By: Kim Maslin, Digital Technologies Educator

Date Published: 14 January 2018

Date Updated: 20 April 2019

About this resource

The aim of this lesson is to assist students in identifying physical warning signs our bodies give us when in unsafe situations.

Based on the short story “The Surfing Penguin”, students brainstorm the different warning signs our bodies give to indicate we are in unsafe or uncomfortable situations.

Students then label the Polo the Penguin diagram, identifying these signs. This can be done on the included printable diagram, or via the interactive Seesaw activity (link included).

This is an important component of the Protective Behaviours curriculum.


  • Lesson plan
  • Polo the Penguin diagram

Australian Curriculum Links:

Digital Technologies

Processes and Production Skills

Plan, create and communicate ideas and information independently and with others, applying agreed ethical and social protocols (ACTDIP013)


Draw connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with others (ACELT1596)

Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations (ACELY1676)

Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to evaluate texts by drawing on a growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1680)

Use software including word processing programs with growing speed and efficiency to construct and edit texts featuring visual, print and audio elements (ACELY1685)

Health and Physical Education

Describe and apply strategies that can be used in situations that make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe (ACPPS035)

Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036)

Protective Behaviours

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