Teach valuable lessons about fire hazards, fire safety, and fire prevention using these activities, lesson plans, and book resources.
- Listen to a book
- List prior knowledge of firefighters and fire safety rules
- Compare and contrast types of firefighters
- Write a sentence about firefighters
- Illustrate their sentence
- Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons
- A Day With Firefighters by Jan Kottke
- Firefighters A to Z by Chris Demarest
- Chart paper or large red paper
- Mac or PC computer
- Meet a Firefighter: A Community Club Activity
- Optional: Inspiration software (for Apple or Windows)
- At least a week in advance, arrange a tour of the local fire station for this unit (see the Let's Learn About Fire Stations! lesson plan for field trip ideas). If that is not possible, arrange to have a firefighter come to your classroom as a guest speaker.
- If you are using a sheet of large red paper, cut it into the shape of a fire hat.
- Have the online student activity Meet a Firefighter: A Community Club Activity ready to view.
Step 1: As a group, list what the children already know about firefighters and fire safety. I write their ideas on the red paper that I have cut in the shape of a fire hat. Plain chart paper could also be used.
Step 2: Read aloud Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons and/or other books about firefighters. As you read, discuss the roles of firefighters and dispatchers in the various types of fires.
Step 3: Using a projector, introduce the Scholastic online activity Meet a Firefighter: A Community Club Activity. Later, this activity can be used by the students in a classroom computer center or computer lab setting.
Step 4: Compare and contrast the various types of firefighters in Fire! Fire! and in the Meet a Firefighter: A Community Club Activity. I like to use the computer program Inspiration for comparing and contrasting as a group (the software uses graphic organizers to help students think). I use a projector so that all students can easily see. If you do not have Inspiration you can use chart paper or a blackboard. Use a Venn diagram for comparing and contrasting types of firefighters.
Step 5: Using words from the brainstorming or comparing and contrasting activity, have the students write a sentence about firefighters and illustrate their sentence.
- How well do the children understand the similarities and differences in the types of firefighters?
- How many needed help writing?
- Was the use of Inspiration an effective tool for comparing and contrasting?
- What was the most difficult part of this lesson?
- What was most successful?
Teacher observation will assess student participation in listening to the book and the comparing and contrasting activity. The sentence about firefighters can be used for evaluation.