From Campaign 2009: Lesson 1: SPARKY® NEWS
As editors for Sparky News, kids will compile a news story.
To build skills in reading comprehension, sequencing events, expository writing, and fire safety.
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.