1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Fire Safety Activities With Me
I think one of the most important things that I teach my Y5s is fire safety; however, with all of our discussions about not playing with matches, houses burning down, and people getting hurt, I discovered that my students were coming away with the idea that fire was bad.
Simply ask for a thumbs up or down whether your kiddos think fire is good or bad; and I think you’ll find like I did, that most, if not all of your students will give you a thumbs down, emphatically believing that fire is bad!
Since fire is truly beneficial and a necessary part of everyday life, I feel there’s a need to explain this to young children.
It’s important that they learn to respect fire without fearing it. Children need to understand the difference between good fires and bad fires, as well as fire’s beneficial and harmful effects.
With these things in mind, I created this “Good Fire-Bad Fire” packet. These quick, easy & fun activities will help children develop a healthy understanding of fire, so they are able to identify fire as a necessary part of their lives and an essential tool.
The packet includes:
* A simple way to help students realize that fire can be good is to show them pictures, so I've included 65 real photographs of fires which can be categorized by children as good or bad.
Choose a dozen or so and use them for . . .
* flashcards, where students give you a thumbs up or down,
* an independent center where children sort the photographs into the 2 “good/bad fire” file folders
*a puzzle center (Cut the photographs in half or in quarters).
* writing prompts (There are 4 graphic organizers, plus 6 “complete the prompt” worksheets for this)
* a bulletin board displaying the pictures under the “good fire/bad fire” header cards.
* I’ve also included a “Flip the Flame” craftivity, where students color, cut and glue the “happy” good flame and the “angry” bad flame back-to-back on a Popsicle stick.
You show a photograph asking “Is this a good or bad fire?” Children flip their flame and hold up their answer.
After sharing and discussing the photographs, children will be able to see that each type of fire has common denominators: good fires are planned, desired, beneficial and supervised by an adult; bad fires are not.
* Two, writing prompt craftivities are a fun way for students to show this understanding, and allow you to check comprehension.
The other craftivity is a side-by-side comparison.
Completed projects make a terrific bulletin board or hallway wall display too.
Younger kiddos can show this knowledge with several worksheet options.
I've included full color patterns, so you can easily make a sample to share, or use for further explanation.
The good fire-bad fire sorting worksheet (see photograph) could also be made into an independent center.
Simply laminate and trim the pieces. To make this self-correcting, put a G or B on the back of each picture.
* The packet also includes a graphing activity, several other worksheets, posters and a bookmark.
Besides being able to differentiate between good and bad fires, I wanted another way to review all of the fire safety rules my students were learning.
As with many of my activities, I like to "kill two birds with one stone", so I designed these "Fire Safety Fix the Sentence" cards.
These 36, fire safety-themed sentence cards, are a quick, easy and fun way to review a variety of fire safety related facts, while practicing capitalization and end punctuation.
Read the cards together as a whole group to practice a lot of Dolch sight words.
Choose a student to come up and using a dry erase marker, circle letters that should be capitalized and then add end punctuation. (period, question mark & exclamation point).
For more practice, as an individual activity, have students choose X number of mini cards and rewrite the sentences correctly on the worksheet provided.
There are 3 poster options for you to choose from. I hope your kiddos enjoy it as much as mine.
Well that's it for today. I'm still in a daze that September is over and we are now in October!
My grama Lydia always said "The older you get the faster time flies." Now that I'm in my "sexy sixties" I find that to be especially true!
Wishing you a day filled with sunshine and laughter for a happily-ever-after.
"Time is free, but it's priceless; you can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it, and once you've lost it, you can never get it back." -Harvey Mackay
1-2-3 Come Do Some Fire Safety Activities With Me
I know there's a lot a teacher has to cram in each month, but I can't stress enough, how important it is to make time to cover some fire safety with your kiddos, as life skills certainly far out way report card standards, should a crisis arise.
There's nothing quite like adding a little bit of craftiness to a lesson or writing prompt, to get students excited and down to business.
I've up-dated & tweaked some of my favorites and tossed them into Diane's Dollar Deals in my TpT shop.
My kiddos are always amazed at the "way cool" results. I've included 2 spiral posters as well, so you can take advantage of that teachable moment to build vocabulary.
The Stop Drop & Roll writing prompt craftivity, also includes a song.
Besides fire safety "craftivities", I've also up-dated the fire safety number puzzles.
The puzzles come in color, so you can use them for an independent math center, as well as black & white, so your students can make their own.
The number puzzles come in both horizontal & vertical patterns, and help students sequence numbers from 1-10, count backwards from 10 -1, as well as skip count by 2s & 10s.
Simply scroll down, to check out all of the super-fun & creative activities, that will help teach your kiddos about the 911 emergency number.
There's another FREEBIE there too. Thanks for stopping by.
"The most tangible of all visible mysteries - fire." ~Leigh Hunt
1-2-3 Come Sing A Fire Safety Song With Me
Almost 15 years ago, my 1st graders enjoyed singing my version of The Wheels On The Bus Go 'Round and 'Round, as I'd add all sorts of extra goofy things to the traditional favorite.
When October rolled around, and we were studying fire safety, I thought it would be fun to substitute a fire truck for the bus. My kiddos loved it.
Well it's years later and I decided to build a Common Core packet around this silly little song. While doing research, I even found a few people who had the same idea. ("Great minds think alike and all that..." )
Any woo, what started out to be just a few things, morphed into a whopping 69-page packet, and believe me, my brain is a bit fried.
I had a few requests for some fire safety themed alphabet and number cards, so I threw them into the mix, and one thing led to another...
Take a peek, pick the items that suit your fancy, and let the fun begin.
The Packet Includes:
Students place the uppercase letter circle on the first wheel and then match the lowercase letter circle to the back wheel.
Click on the link to view/download the Common Core Wheels On The Truck Packet.
While looking for fire truck ideas, I came across a super-simple fire truck Make a Vehicle game over at Enchanted Learning.
I always liked to give my Y5's some computer time, and this would make a quick, easy and fun independent activity to practice keyboarding skills etc.
I also found an excellent video on YouTube featuring real fire trucks. It's only 2:44 minutes long. My grandson was revited, but then he's only 2 and everything is pretty exciting.
If you're teaching numbers 1-10, Monster Fire Trucks is also a rather short video (4:18) that's kind of cute. Certainly attention grabbing.
Well that's it for today. (Where has it gone?) I hope your kiddos enjoy learning, as their own wheels start turning. I'm off for a romp outside to unclutter my mind. Wishing you a fabulous fall!
"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places." -Author Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Fire Safety Activities With Me
I'm going to continue to design fire safety activities for the next few days. As stated in a previous article, I truly believe it's so important to plug something in about dialing 911 in an emergency, plus a few other fire safety rules during Fire Prevention Month.
Because I know we are all pressed for time, these are simple, easy and quick to do.
Whenever possible, I try to include a standard, such is the case with the Fire Safety Hidden 911 In A 100s Chart activity.
I've included a blank 100's grid for older students to practice writing to 100, as they fill in the numbers.
However, even if your kiddos can't count that high yet, refer them to the 100's chart you have hanging in your room and have them copy the numbers. (How many can they fill in before they have to take a peek at the chart?)
For younger students, there's a 100s chart that's filled in. The directions on the side of their worksheet, tell them to color in certain numbered boxes, to reveal a hidden number.
I've included a completed sample that you can hold up and say: "Is this the number you found?" You can then discuss or review the importance of the number and when you should call 911.
Click on the link to view/download the Fire Safety 911 Hidden Number In A 100s Chart activity.
If you're looking for a list to share with your students, of when it's OK to dial 911, click on the link for my Who Ya' Gonna Call?" fire safety (dialing 911 in an emergency) booklet.
You can simply make a copy to read to your students, or run off copies of the 2-page booklet, so that children can practice tracing and writing 911.
A 3rd page can be added for older students, where they make a list of more examples of when they should dial 911. When they're done, they illustrate their page.
Finally, another quick and easy way to reinforce dialing 911 in an emergency, is with a fire safety number puzzle,which will also help reinforce number sequencing from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1 and skip counting by 10's to 100.
I've included full color copies for you to print, laminate and trim. Keep these in Ziplock Baggies and use for independent centers and something for "early finishers" to do.
There are also some puzzles in black and white. Run these off so that students can color their puzzle and then cut it apart.
For an interesting mosaic piece of art, give students a variety of colors of construction paper, they glue their puzzle pieces on it, leaving a little gap between each piece.
Completed projects make an interesting bulletin board. Click on the link to view/download the 12 Fire Safety Number Puzzles.
Thanks for visiting today. Time to get hustling on a long list of errands. Wishing you many relaxing moments . . .
"From what we get, we can make a living; however, from what we give, we make a life." - Arthur Ashe
1-2-3 Come Do Some Common Core Activities With Me and Spot the Fire Safety Dog
The packet includes patterns to make 4 Dalmatian matching games for: (upper & lowercase letters, numbers, shapes and colors). Students put a fireman's hat on the Dalmatian, then find the matching bone to put in his mouth.
For example, Sparky, the shape Dalmatian has a 2D shape on his fire hat.
Students find the matching bone with the shape word on it, and slide it under the slit of Sparky's mouth. For another matching game, and to cover more standards, write the shape's attributes on the back of the bones.
To complete the CCSS shape standard, and review spatial directions, have students place the dog bone above, behind, under, beside etc.
I've also included a spotless dog for you to program for other things, as well as a black and white spotted puppy so students can color it. (Use as a topper for writing prompts etc.)
There are also blank fire hats and blank bones for you to program with whatever. Use them for other games, name tags, or write a fire safety rule on each bone.
For even more practice, there are 16 "I Spy" worksheets.
Use them as a fun way to quickly and easily whole group assess: upper and lowercase letters, numbers, number words, colors, color words, shapes, and shape words.
I've also included 5 trace and write worksheets to practice writing upper and lowercase letters, plus numbers from 1-100.
Since so many fire safety rules begin with a contraction like "Don't play with matches." I've included these Dalmatian-themed contraction action activities: an alphabetical list of 72 contractions, 24 pocket cards with fire-safety sentences using contractions, plus 3 contraction worksheets.
To grab some fun, click on the link to view/download the fall FREEBIE: Common Core Fire-Safety Themed Puppy Packet.
If you'd like to make a Dalmatian sock puppet to use with these activities, or when you read some fire-safety books that feature a Dalmatian fire dog, click on the link. A little square of cardboard inside the toe of the sock, makes the "talking mouth".
I made these each year with my students. We used them to show spatial directions and share a fire-safety fact. My kiddos also had fun showing how to stop-drop and roll using their puppy puppet.
I've included a copy of our Puppey Pokey song, which was a great way to get the wiggles out! There's also a puppy adoption certificate. My Y5's enjoyed naming their puppies and then introducing them to the class.
We really enjoy the song: Who Let The Dog's Out, so we'd finish up our fire-safety day rocking out to that tune. Click on the link for a You Tube listen. LOVE the variety of dogs that they use in their animation. :-)
I hope you found something that your kiddos will enjoy. Thanks for visiting. Time for a little fresh air.
I love the crunching sound as I tromp through fallen leaves. The colors are looking pretty spectacular and there's a crisp coolness to the air this morning. Wishing you a sunshine-filled day.
"When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time." -Author Unknown
The object of the game is to get your fire fighter to the fire.
While they are playing the game, to help reinforce the fire safety lessons that they have learned, I encourage my students to say things like: “Stay low and go!”, “Stop-drop-and roll.”, “Dial 911 to get things done.” ,“I’ll stay alert so I won’t get hurt!”, or “I’m smart so I won’t play with matches.” or a fact that they learned about fire safety, like check the batteries in the smoke detector, or have an exit strategy and practice it etc. I tell them to say this fact when it is their turn to move their figure.
If you want the game to last longer, or be more math-involved, you can have them have to roll an exact number, to get to the fire, in order to win the game. i.e., if they are 2 spaces away from landing on the fire, they must roll a 2.
click on the link to view/print this fun fire safety game.
There are 2 more fire safety articles after this. Simply scroll down for more ideas!