About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Reading, Health and Safety, Safety, Language Arts

GRADE
K-2

DURATION
40 Mins

UNIT PLAN
From Campaign 2009, Practice Fire Safety All Year Long

COLLECTION
Fire Prevention Week

Stay Fire Smart

We Plan!

 This writing lesson uses the concept of planning to teach fire safety information.

OBJECTIVE
Language Arts Goal: Use writing skills to describe familiar places.
Fire-Safety Goal: Create a fire-safety plan.

MATERIALS
Student reproducible 1, classroom poster, pencil, child-safe scissors, and drawing supplies such as crayons, markers, or colored pencils.

REPRODUCIBLES

  1. Classroom Poster (PDF)
  2. Student Reproducible 1: We Plan (PDF)

DIRECTIONS
Background Discussion
(Time Required: 10 minutes)

    1. Review the definition of a plan (a detailed outline of steps to take to achieve a goal).

    2. Ask: Why do we make plans? (Possible answers: A plan lets you think ahead of time about what you need to do.) What is an emergency? (Something that happens suddenly and may be dangerous. You need to act quickly.)

    3. Ask: Should some plans be practiced ahead of time? (Possible answers: Yes, practice is necessary in order to be confident when an emergency occurs.) Brainstorm a list of the types of events during which a well-practiced plan might be helpful (e.g., weather emergencies, fires, health emergencies).

    4. Explain that students will write a book about a home fire-escape plan.

      Using Student Reproducible 1
      (Time Required: 15 minutes)

    5. Distribute copies of student reproducible 1. Help students cut along the dotted lines and fold to create four-page booklets.
    6. Read each page together and provide five minutes to complete each page.

      Using the Classroom Poster
      (Time Required: 10 minutes)
    7. Pass out copies of the classroom poster. Explain that the poster shows a variety of people everywhere participating in a home fire-safety drill. As a class, answer the questions on the poster.

      Wrap-up (Time Required: 5 minutes)
    8. Instruct students to bring their booklets home and complete the final page with a parent or guardian.
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