From Campaign 2008: Lesson 2: Write a Letter to the Editor

Students will build citizenship skills by informing their communities about the importance of fire safety.

OBJECTIVE
Goal:  Students will tell their community about how to prevent home fires.

MATERIALS

Family Checklist English (PDF)
Family Checklist Spanish (PDF)
Classroom Poster (PDF)
Student Printable 3 (PDF)

DIRECTIONS

BACKGROUND DISCUSSION:

Before class, download the Family Checklist. Make copies for each student to share with their families.

Review with students the following fire-safety tips (use the interactive slideshow for visuals):

  • Keep space heaters three fit from anything that can burn.
  • Grown-ups should stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Remind grown-ups never to leave lit candles unattended.
  • Don't put too many plugs into an outlet.

USING THE CLASSROOM POSTER:

Study the classroom poster together and search for fire hazards at the White House. Enhance the hazard hunting experience with an interactive game version of the poster that students can play in class, in computer lab, or at home with their families. Play now!

USING THE STUDENT PRINTABLE:

Distribute copies of Student Printable 3 (PDF) . Review the parts of a letter to the editor and ask students to write their letters, incorporating fire-safety information.

WRAP-UP:

Send your students' letters to the editor of your local newspaper.

 

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