Early Learning Lessons

Fire Safety Week

Early Education Fire Safety Week

We kicked off our school year with a Fire Safety Week!  By including this theme early in the year, we’re sure to touch on safety standards and set the tone for the year.  We want to have fun AND be safe! 

Below you will find a curated list of ideas that we used to theme the variety of lessons that we used across a variety of subjects.

Reading: Our Book List 

3 Fire Safety Books

We included reading each day of our unit so that we were exposed to all different books that deal with the fire theme. We typically read two of these books each day.  
Standards: 
– Practice appropriate book handling skills.
– Identify basic features of print. 
– Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds
(phonemes).
– With prompting and support, retell key details of text that support a
provided main idea.
– Answer questions about a text.
– With prompting and support, make connections between
information in a text and personal experience.

  1. Curious George at the Fire Station by Margaret Rey & H.A. Rey
  2. Smokey the Firemand by Richard Scarry
  3. Stanely and the Firehouse by Lori Haskins Houran
  4. The Too Little Fire Engine by Jane Flory
  5. Firefighters Help Us by Aaron R. Murray
  6. Curious George Fire Dog Rescue by Julie Tibbott
  7. Tinyville Town: I’m a Firefighter by Brian Biggs
  8. The Fiery Furnace Story from My First Bible Storybook
  9. The First Fire: A Cherokee Story by Bradley Wagnon
  10. Hooray for Helpers! By Mike Austin
  11. Stop the Grassfires! By Patricia M. Stockland

After reading the books for the day, we had a very brief conversation prompted by one of two things: 

  • Which book was your favorite? What did you like about it?
  • What happened in the book ________? 

The children also selected another 4-6 books each night at bedtime from their own collection or from the library books they selected for the week.  They often help turn the pages, pretend to read based on the pictures or memorization, ask questions about the pictures or narrative, and identify rhymes. These books don’t stick to the theme, but do give them additional exposure to words, rhyme, and the way a book works! 

Math

In addition to daily practice counting in all kinds of integrated settings, we used the following activities to reinforce our counting and math skills.

  1. Firefighting Mathmaticians
    from Sharing Our Sunshine
    Standards:
    – Know number names and the count sequence.
    My children LOVED this activity. Being like firefighters and getting to use the squirt bottles was a lot of fun for these little toddlers. They were able to practice their number recognition, their aim, and their fine motor skills by squeezing the tricky spray bottles.
  2. Fire Truck Roll and Cover
    from www.first-grade-garden.blogspot.com
    Standards:
    – Know number names and the count sequence.
    This activity is great for counting and numeral recognition. My 2.5 year old was able to do a couple of numbers with assistance before her attention waned.  My 4 year old completed most of the activity before the temptation to color the entire page took over. 
  3. Spot the Dog
    from Julz Treasure Chest
     Standards:
    – Count to tell the number of objects
    – Understand addition as putting together and adding to,
    and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
    This activity is another great one for counting objects.  Both of my children enjoyed this activity thanks to the cute little dog image and the playful materials. The pom poms were a big hit. My 2.5 year old was able to do this activity with assistance. My 4 year old was able to do this one on her own. She even tried rolling two dice and putting the TOTAL number of dots on her dog.

Additional Language Arts

 Two Flat Stanley Coloring Pages that have been colored by children.

Standards:
– Identify basic features of print. 
– Develop beginning phonics and word skills.

  1. Flat Stanley Project
    After reading the Flat Stanley book, I introduced my girls to Flat Stanley. They colored in their Flat Stanely pictures and then we prepared letters to accompany their pictures.  The girls chose their recipients and I wrote the letter.  Then the girls and I signed their names to the end together.  We discussed that a letter needs and envelope and a stamp to go in the mail.  We also discussed the standard greeting for a letter.  “Dear [friend],”  
  2. Dot the F/f  
    To introduce the letter of the week (F), the girls did a classic “Dot” activity and made the F-sound.
  3. Find the F/f in flames.
    After the letter has been introduced, I like to make sure the girls are able to differentiate the letter of the week from other letters with this classic Seek-The-Letter activity.
  4. Pre-Writing Skills
    The girls traced lines and traced the letter of the week “Letter F”  My 2.5 year old needed lots of help, but actually drew amazing straight lines.  My 4 year old was able to trace well and attempted to draw some letters on her own on the lines provided.

Get our Language Arts Letter F packet with our dot the F/f activity, Find the F/f in flames, and Letter F tracing activities from our shop.

Science

Standards:
-Participate in simple investigations about living and/or non-living
things to answer a question or to test a prediction.

For our science lesson this week, we discussed what fire needs to survive– heat, oxygen, and fuel.  We explored this concept using this great activity from Pencils, Glue, and Tying Shoes.  

We did not use the worksheets, as my girls are too young to make use of them right now.  Instead, we focused on language to talk about making a prediction and testing our hypothesis. We used observation to see what happened and describe what we saw.  

Additionally, we also connected our conversation to our fire safety unit by talking about keeping objects away from heat and the importance of stop-drop-and-roll.

And of course, we enjoyed some time playing with the play dough, because it was a perfect chance for me to clean up a bit after our experiment while the girls explored their fine motor skills to make pancakes, snakes, and balls of play dough! 

Children playing with play dough

Cultural Spotlight

Child Watching Native American Dancer in RegaliaThis week, we focused on Native American culture.  We sat around our pretend camp fire and read our “The First Fire” book.  Then we watched a video that introduced the names of some of the famous Native American tribes and gave a brief introduction to some of their characteristics.  Then we learned a few Pow Wow dance steps.

Environmental Education

We used our pretend campfire time to discuss the importance of being very cautious with fire– for our own protection and to protect all the animals that live nearby. While we sat around our pretend campfire, we read our “Stop the Grassfires” book. Then we talked about how we should always put out our campfire when we are finished with it.

Our pretend campfire was made from upcycled grocery bag logs, produce bag flames, and construction paper stones.  I love to show my children how we can repurpose items and use our imagination!

Children seated around a pretend campfire

Craft Projects

Craft time is a great time for littles to explore colors, expression, fine motor skills, and more!

Standards:
-Know and use basic elements of visual arts.

For Fire Safety Week, we did the following: 

  1. We decorated a letter F with tissue paper flames.  The girls ripped the paper, scrunched the paper, and glued it to an outline of an F.  We did this early in the week as another way to introduce the shape of the capital F.

2. We did a mess-free finger painting activity to explore what happens when we mix the colors red and yellow to make flames.  We used scientific language to talk about our experimentation, as well.  Both girls really enjoyed this craft and seeing how the colors mixed.

 

3. We also practiced coloring/drawing lines and explored printing with tin foil to make a campfire picture.

Fire Safety Lessons

 Standards:
– Recognize Safe & Unsafe Practices 
– Recognize emergency situations and discuss appropriate responses.

Physical Activities Standards: 
– Demonstrate coordination of body movements in active play.

  1. Stop, Drop & Roll
    We practices Stop, Drop & Roll many times throughout the week, especially when we were running around outside.
  2. Crawl through the Smoke
    One day, we set up a tunnel and they crawled through it to practice crawling low. Other times, we practices crawling under tables or just crawling low across the floor. 
  3. Songs about Fire Safety
    Hurry, Hurry
    If there’s a Fire
    9-1-1
  4. Fire Safety Snacks
    Fire Truck Graham Crackers
    Edible Camp fire
  5. Fire Safety Centers
    Fire Cup Knock Down from LalyMom.com
    Fine Motor Bear Rescue from Days with Grey
    Safe Vs. Unsafe to Touch Activity Inspired by The Mailbox

Well friends,  that captures most of our week. We fill in our school time with outside time, free play, field trips, life skills, lots of snuggles from Teacher/Mom, etc.  Thank you to all the amazing inspiration from other home school bloggers, teachers, and moms. 

If you have any favorite fire safety activities for early education, I would LOVE to hear them. Please leave them in the comments or send them my way in an email! Until then, stay safe! 

Note: Standards referenced above are PA pre-k standards.

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