About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Reading, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Health and Safety, Safety, Language Arts, Fire Safety

GRADE
3-5

DURATION
1 Class Period

COLLECTION
Keep Your Family Safe From Fire

Stay Fire Smart

From Campaign 2009: Lesson 1: SPARKY® NEWS

As editors for Sparky News, kids will compile a news story.

OBJECTIVE
To build skills in reading comprehension, sequencing events, expository writing, and fire safety.

MATERIALS
Meet the Moonie Loonies Student Comic
Classroom Poster
Sparky News Worksheet

DIRECTIONS

1. Before class, print out the Meet the Moonie Loonies Student Comic and make copies for each student.

2. Discuss how fires start—they need heat, fuel, and oxygen. Fuel is anything that can burn (e.g. paper, wood, cloth). Tell students that when heat, fuel, and oxygen are present, there can be a chemical chain reaction that results in a fire.

3. Tell students that heat can also cause burns. Review the burn prevention tips below:

  • Tell a grown-up if you find matches or lighters.
  • Stay out of the kitchen when adults are cooking on the stovetop.
  • Do not touch hot irons, toasters, or curling irons.
  • Have an adult check the water temperature of the bath before you get in.
  • Keep three feet of empty space around space heaters and fireplaces.


4. Display the Classroom Poster in an easy-to-see location. Distribute copies of the Student Comic and allow time for students to read it.

5. Distribute copies of the Sparky News Worksheet. Allow time for students to complete the activity. Tell students that as editors for Sparky News, they will compile a news story based on the poster and comic book. A news story includes facts that answer the questions who, what, when, and where.

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