New! Lesson 1: Always Have Two Ways Out
Grades PreK-K students will learn to have two ways out of every room by using illustrations for reading comprehension.
- ELA OBJECTIVES:
Students will use illustrations to understand key moments in a story and confirm understanding of information read aloud by answering questions about it.
- FIRE-SAFETY MESSAGE:
Have two ways out of every room in your home.
Alice in Wonderland picture storybook (optional), Worksheet 1, pencils, crayons
1. If possible, introduce Alice in Wonderland by reading aloud a picture book of the story for young readers. Hang the classroom poster in an easy-to-see location. Have students identify characters from the original story in the poster in an easy-to-see location. Then have students identify characters from the original story (Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts). Ask which character on the poster is not from the original story (Sparky the Fire Dog®). Tell them that Sparky has entered Wonderland to help Alice and her friends learn about home fire-escape planning. Read the poster story aloud and have students identify illustrations that support the story.
2. Discuss the poster story. What is the setting of the story? (Wonderland.) What does the White Rabbit say he is doing? (He is making a home fire-escape plan.) What does the Cheshire Cat say about escape planning? (You should have two ways out of every room in your home.) What is the Queen of Hearts blocking? (The way out of the room.) Where is the Outside Meeting Place? (The giant mushroom.)
3. Distribute copies of Worksheet 1. Have students search the picture for two ways out and circle them in green. Then have them search the page for the four hidden objects. They should circle the hidden objects in red.
4. Send home the worksheet for students to share with their families.