About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Reading, Health and Safety, Language Arts

GRADE
K-2

DURATION
25 Mins

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

COLLECTION
Fire Prevention Week

Stay Fire Smart

The Great American Fire Drill

 Students will read a story about fire safety and write their own ending to the story.

OBJECTIVE
Language Arts Goal: Use textual clues to identify the meaning of new words. Use writing skills to complete a story.
Fire-Safety Goal: Learn how to practice a fire-escape plan and participate in the Great American Fire Drill.

MATERIALS
Student reproducible 3, classroom poster, and pencil.

REPRODUCIBLES

  1. Student Reproducible 3: The Great American Fire Drill (PDF)
  2. Classroom Poster (PDF)

DIRECTIONS
Background Discussion
(Time Required: 5 minutes)

  1. As a class, identify the parts of a story (characters, setting, conflict, plot—a series of events with a beginning, middle, and end).

    Using Student reproducible 3
    (Time Required: 10 minutes)

  2. Distribute copies of student reproducible 3. Read the story aloud together.

  3. Before students write their own endings, ask the following comprehension questions and discuss the answers:
    a. Who is the main character? (Tony)
    b. Who are the other characters? (Sallie, Mom, Dad, Clover)
    c. What is the setting? (Tony’s home)
    d. What is the plot of the story? (Tony helps his family plan for the Great American Fire Drill.)
    e. What do you think happens next? (The family practices its home fire escape plan.) NOTE: For younger students, create one new ending together and write it on the board.

  4. Instruct students to complete the story using the fire-safety planning information that they have learned.

    Using the Classroom Poster
    (Time Required: 5 minutes)

  5. Review the four steps of fire-safety planning outlined on the classroom poster (find two ways out of each room, test smoke alarm, choose a family meeting place, practice your plan).

    Wrap-up
    (Time Required: 5 minutes)

  6. Share several story endings with the class.
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