When we learn about fire safety during fire prevention week in October, our kindergarten class reads several fire safety picture books. Miss Mingo is my absolute favorite book for teaching about how to do a fire drill safely. Going to the Firehouse, The Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse, and The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck gives us a peek into the life of a firefighter and a fire station. We read Clifford the Firehouse Dog and Pete the Cat Firefighter Pete, too, because they are simply our favorite classroom characters!
Prior to any talk of fire safety, though, our families have an assignment to develop their fire escape plan at home. This REALLY helps to calm any fears students might have about a fire happening in their homes. I feel it's most appropriate for the grownups who live with my students to talk with their children first. We send home a family note and fire escape plan homework. When students return the homework sheet, they tell the class their escape plan. I hang onto the homework until we create the correlating firetruck craft. Then students cut the fire escape plan out of the homework sheet. In the picture above, the escape plan is glued to the back of the truck. In the photo below, our friend, Mrs. Verhoff, popped escape plans onto the corner of the trucks for display. (She also added glitter to the siren, which I love! Glitter makes everything even better, right?!)
Pick up your fire escape plan homework pack here:
a firefighter visit
We typically have the firefighters from our local fire department stop by for a visit. They do a fantastic job showing students each part of their clothing, demonstrating how there's a person under all of that gear. They remind us that firefighters show up at a fire to help, so we should not be afraid, even thought they look and sound a little strange. They also take us out to their truck to show us the tools they use, which ties right into our community helpers unit. Throughout fire safety week, we create these firefighter crafts for the hallway to say THANK YOU!
If you would like your class to show their appreciation for their local firefighters, the download is available here:
how to stay safe!
All week, we focus on this anchor chart. As you can see, the first item listed includes having a meeting place. We tie this in with our fire escape plan homework. Other fire safety tips listed include the following:
-Stay low and go. Smoke is dangerous.
-Be safe around campfires. Ask for a grownup to help.
-Get out and stay out. Do not go back into the house for anything, even pets!
-I show students how to call 911 using a cell phone, reminding them ONLY to call in the case of an emergency.
-Do not hide from a fire.
-Do not touch the stove or candles.
-If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll.
Fire art project
For our fire safety art project of the week, we start with a campfire projected on our board. We turn off all of the lights and put on our coats. We pretend to put blankets on our legs, and we make s'mores. We review campfire safety rules together. Then we study the colors of the flames. This is our inspiration for our water color painting.
Students use red, orange, yellow, and brown paint on white paper. Once the paintings are dry, I draw flames on the backs of all of their paintings. Students cut on the lines, and glue their flames to black paper. Then they visit me at the "glitter factory," where we add liquid glue and glitter to their projects. They also glue popsicle stick logs onto their projects.
I just REALLY love seeing kids' art projects come to life!
Below you will find our Fire Safety Craft Pack that is available in our store. Along with the fire safety arts and crafts listed above, we also complete a fire safety booklet together during fire prevention week. In our math center, students create fire truck shape crafts, where they practice identifying shapes and counting shapes. Students also create firefighter hats and badges to show they are fire safety experts by the end of the week!
In the Fire Safety Craft Pack below, kindergarten lesson ideas and differentiated activities are included among the topics covering the following: Name Practice, Fire Safety and Writing, Pattern and Addition to Ten, and Number Order from 1-10.
The October packet below includes kindergarten lesson ideas and activities among the topics covering the following themes: Football, Fire, Farm, Spiders, and Pumpkins!
Happy fire prevention week, friends! We hope our ideas help your students become fire safety experts!