Lesson Plan Industry Sector
Building & Construction Trades

Lesson Plan Originally Created By: Donald Repucci

Hand Tool Safety

Part of Unit: Machine Safety and Operation in the Wood, Cabinetmaking, and Construction Lab

Lesson Plan Overview / Details

This lesson will cover the safety of basic woodworking hand tools.

Lesson Time

Two class periods
60 Minutes


Objectives and Goals

  • The students will identify the proper safety procedures for hand tools
  • The students will demonstrate through the course proper hand tool safety.
  • The students will pass the hand tool safety test

Activities in this Lesson

  • Hammers away Hooks / Set

    Anticipatory set

    Teacher will pass out the worksheet for the Myth-Busters video. The students will watch the video clip and list three unsafe practices that they see. Once the video is done, the teacher will brainstorm with the students on what they saw.  Point out to the students that  it is never good to hit metal tools against metal tools, like hammers, in a shop class.

    Alternate Anticipatory set for your better classes

    Teacher will take the students outside and have them triple up. One student will be the observer, one the juggler, and one the note taker. All kids must wear a pair of safety glasses. Give the students three toy plastic hammers and tell them that the juggler needs to juggle for one minutes. This will be chaos.  The observer is to watch the juggler and call out each time he hits any part of his body except for the palm of his hands.  The note-taker makes a check for each hit. The students will rotate jobs. At the end, sit the kids down and have the kids add up the hits per each student and times it by $1,456. Tell them that this is the cost it would be each time they need to go to the emergency room for their injury.

    Resources and Materials

  • The teacher will show and cover general hand tool safety rules on specific tools such as saws, chisels, hammers and planes.  Each tool will be presented to the students on how to use it safely.  Additional information will include tool identification and tool design. 

    The purpose is not to teach all the functions of the tool since that requires lesson plans for each tool . Instead, provide enough information so as to use the tool in a safe way. This will be done using a integrated PowerPoint, then a visual demo in the shop.

    The teacher will gather basic tools, backsaw, chisel, hammer, hand plane etc as props for students to see during the power point.

    • Included with the power point is a safety manual that includes more details for the teacher to use as background information.

    Resources and Materials

    • teacher notes for powerpoint.rtf [ Download ] null
    • Hand tool safety Power point [ Download ] null
  • shop demo Demo / Modeling

    Teacher will take students out into the shop and show them how to use the tools. This is a short demo. Before demonstration, the teacher will ask the  students if they know how to use the tool. If so, have them demonstrate and correct any bad habits.


Assessment Types:
Demonstrations, Teacher-Made Test,

Students will pass the hand tool safety test with 100%. If not, they will re-take it after they have reviewed the answers.

The student will demonstrate proper safety throughout the course.

  • saftey test with answers saftey test with answers [ Download ] null