About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Science

GRADE
K-2

DURATION
1 Class Period

COLLECTION
SMOKE ALARMS: A SOUND YOU CAN LIVE WITH
Keep Your Family Safe From Fire

From Campaign 2010: LESSON 2: WHEN THE SMOKE ALARM SOUNDS…

Guide students to put the correct steps in order so that they know what to do when they hear a smoke alarm go off.

OBJECTIVE
To build skills in sequencing and emergency response

MATERIALS
When the Smoke Alarm Sounds…

DIRECTIONS
1. Review these safety tips about smoke alarms:

  • Smoke alarms make a loud noise if there is smoke or fire in your home.
  • Smoke alarms use batteries. Have a grown-up test the smoke alarms in your home once a month. If the batteries don’t work, the smoke alarm won’t work.
  • Have a home fire escape plan. Know two ways out of every room in your home.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Whenever you leave home because of an emergency, go to your family’s Outside Meeting Place. Wait there for your family.


2. Ask children if their family has an Outside Meeting Place—a place to go in case the smoke alarm sounds. If children do not know, encourage them to talk to their parents about choosing an Outside Meeting Place.

3. Distribute copies of When the Smoke Alarm Sounds… Help children cut out the sequence strips.

4. Have children put the strips in the correct order. Have them glue the strips to a sheet of construction paper and add their own decorations. Display the results in the hallway
to spread the message to other classrooms.

5. Review the fire-safety steps with children.

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