Let's Learn About Fire Safety!
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
Students will learn about fire fighters and fire safety.
- Listen to a book.
- List fire safety rules.
- Illustrate a fire safety rule.
- Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell
- Red, black, and white construction paper
- Small squares of white and black construction paper
- Writing paper
- Chart paper or large Clifford-shaped red paper
- Optional: Yellow construction paper
- Optional: Blue construction paper
Set Up and Prepare
- Cut enough construction paper for each child to make a Clifford-shaped book cover. You will need the following for each student:
- 1 2-inch square of white paper (Clifford's eyes)
- 1 4-inch square of black paper (Clifford's nose, eyebrows)
- 1 1-inch squares of black paper (Clifford's irises in his eyes)
- 1 12-inch squares of red construction paper
- 1 3x6-inch rectangles of red construction paper
- Multiple 12-inch squares of white writing paper
- Optional: 1 4-inch square of blue paper (Clifford's fire hat badge)
- Optional: 1 4x18-inch rectangle of yellow paper (Clifford's fire hat base)
- Optional: 1 6x9-inch rectangle of yellow paper (Clifford's fire hat top)
Step 1: Read Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell.
Step 2: Discuss and list fire safety tips or rules. Write these either on chart paper or on a sheet of Clifford-shaped red paper.
Step 3: Walk students through the following directions to make their own Clifford shape books:
- Have the students fold a 12-inch square of red paper diagonally and leave the paper folded.
- From the 3x6-inch rectangles the students will cut two large ovals for the ears. (See the illustration at right.)
- Glue one end of an oval on the folded corner of the 12-inch square.
- Glue the other oval on the opposite folded corner.
- The students will cut small white ovals for the eyes and glue them on the large triangle.
- The students will cut two small black circles for the irises of the eyes.
- The students will cut a black nose for Clifford.
Optional: To add a fire hat to Clifford, follow these steps:
- Use the 4x18-inch rectangles to cut an oval for the fire hat base.
- Cut half a heart shape out of the 6x9-inch rectangle for the fire hat top.
- Cut a badge shape out of the 4-inch blue paper.
Step 4: Staple writing paper inside the students' completed Clifford-shaped books. The students can decide how many pages they would like in their book.
Step 5: Help your students write and illustrate a safety tip or rule in their Clifford-shaped book.
- How well do the children understand fire safety rules?
- How many needed help writing?
- How well did the students follow directions to make the Clifford book?
- What was the most difficult part of this lesson?
- What was most successful?
- Was the allotted time correct?
Teacher observation will assess student participation in listening to the book and the students' ability to follow directions in creating a Clifford shape book. The students' ability to write at least one fire safety rule in their book can be used to evaluate individual progress.