Remarkable Idea – Fire Safety Week

In this Remarkable Idea, students will discuss and participate in activities about fire safety.

This activity addresses:
  • Social skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Turn Taking
  • Alternative methods of access
What you need:
Preparation:
1. Find pictures or write cards depicting scenarios that could occur in a home or school (Ex. a burning candle, a fire on a stovetop, playing with matches or lighter, touching fire, etc.)
2. Record “Safe” and “Unsafe” on TalkingBrix.
3. Create/find sequencing cards of what to do in a fire (include obvious wrong answers such as “Grab your favorite toy before leaving building that is on fire”) and discuss why this is not a safe choice.
4. Create a blank school map.
5. “Let’s Have Fun with Fire Safety: Marty & Jett’s Activity Book” is a free resource available at
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa-295-press.pdf

What to do:
1. Place the pictures of the fire scenarios on the All-Turn-It Spinner and Jelly Bean switch or record various scenarios on a Step-by-Step. Allow students to take turns choosing a scenario and telling if it is a “Safe” or “Unsafe” use of fire. Remind the students that fire is always dangerous.
2. Have students mark the emergency exits, fire alarms, a safe meeting spot, and familiar locations (your classroom, principal’s office, nurse’s office, etc.) on the map by writing or using stamps or stickers. Encourage students to create a similar map of their home with their families.
3. Now that your students have an escape plan, play a sequencing game to see if they know the proper steps to get out safely. Give each student a chance to correctly place each action in order. For more advanced students make sure to include some wrong answers (ex. try to put the fire out yourself) and discuss why it is not a great answer.
4. Contact your local fire department to see if your class can take a tour of the fire station or have a firefighter come talk to your students about fire safety.

Script:
“Today we’re going to talk about fire safety. Fire is used to heat homes, cook food, heat water and many other things. Sometimes fire can get out of control and become dangerous.”

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