October is Fire Prevention month and I have some great ideas to share with you!
The local fire department is an excellent resource for teachers. In past years we have had firefighters visit the school to speak with our students about the importance of fire safety. Another fantastic idea is to go visit your local fire station. Each year, my students walk to visit the fire station. It is my kinders' absolute favorite field trip of the year. They just LOVE seeing the fire trucks, the equipment, and the sleeping quarters.
My favorite part of the field trip is watching a firefighter put on all of his safety gear (complete with air tank and face mask). The guys at the station do such a wonderful job of educating my kindergarteners on the importance of fire safety and this demonstration teaches them a BIG lesson. Firefighters can look scary when they enter a smoke-filled house and are hidden beneath all their big, heavy gear. By seeing an actual firefighter put each piece of safety clothing on one piece at a time, my students learn that it really is just a regular person under all that gear. Ok, maybe not just a regular person. A hero, actually. A hero that is just trying to keep them safe.
Looking for great resources to incorporate fire safety into your ELA curriculum?
Firefighter Color by Number Freebie
First up, a freebie! I created a simple Color by Number Firefighter page. We have already done a few of these in my classroom and my kinders are hooked! For a fun twist, each student is given a die and it becomes a roll and cover activity. It's also a great way to review color words.
If your day is as jam-packed as mine, I'm sure your instructional time is in short supply. I especially love this activity because each full-page printed sheet is divided to create 2 coloring pages. This coloring activity is short and sweet. (And so much fun!)
This Firefighter Color by Number page is yours for FREE! If you love it, I would greatly appreciate your feedback on TpT. Click here to download your freebie!
Firefighter Emergent Reader
Of course, no unit of study in kindergarten would be complete without an Interactive Sight Word Reader! Our firefighting heroes are the subject of this book and I think it just might be my new favorite reader in the collection! This Interactive Reader is titled “Who is the Hero?” and features the sight word “who.”
If you aren't already familiar with the Interactive Sight Word Readers, they are a huge hit with kindergarten and first grade teachers. Each page of the book contains a predictable sentence that is missing a sight word. The books also contain a cutting page with the necessary letters to complete the missing word. Students cut out, unscramble, and glue the letters on each page to complete the sentence. The best part? Once the book is complete, each child has a “just right” book that they are experts at reading. These are a perfect addition to our classroom book boxes for read to self time!
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Do you do anything special in your classroom for Fire Safety Month?
I would love to hear about it!