Monday, October 3, 2011

Fire Safety Week! and Big Alan

Sound the alarm, Fire Prevention Week is coming!
Technically, fire prevention week is October 9-15, but I'm a little early {I'm either late or early, what's new?}
I love talking about fire safety and prevention with my kiddos. It amazes me every year, how little they know or are prepared for a fire! One video that I like to show my kids is from Discovery Education/United Streaming called, "Sound the Alarm: Firefighters at Work."

Then, we completed a Tree Map about Firefighters.

Some of their answers were pretty funny. One little guy remembered the "jaws of life" and another stated that they have to be "physically fit." Which almost led to a completely different conversation about weight. I had to steer it back to firefighters! So many stories to share, ha!
 Throughout the whole lesson, I would refer to the Essential Question: Do you have a plan? I told them that when they go home they should have a talk with their family members about fire safety and to ask about what to do if there is a fire in their home. Where is the safe meeting place? What about the animals? Etc.
They were completely engaged. "What if my room is on fire? What if the front of the house is on fire? What if? What if?" Holy moly! Lots of "What if's!"

Tomorrow, I plan on having them make this little guy:

Isn't he cute?! I got the idea from the ladies of The Lemonade Stand. Great blog!

We will write about ways to protect your family from fire:
* Having a fire escape route
*Practice fire drills,
*Checking smoke detectors,
*making sure the stove tops are clean,
*don't play with matches or lighters,
*check to make sure doors and windows can open easily,
*know who to call in an emergency.

If you want some more information or lessons click {here} to go to the National Fire Protection Association's website. It is really helpful and a good source to send home to families.
Also, I found this neat-o blog with oodles of information about fire safety. Click {here}

Update: I had to move this lesson on adjectives from last week to this week because I simply had too much to do with apples and I ran out of time!

We call him, Big Alan. This lesson was a great way to culminate our apple study. We discussed what describing is and then we came up with lots of words to describe apples. I wrote them down and we covered Big Alan with these adjectives. I was super happy when  Lilleigh said, "delicious." What a fancy word!

Happy Monday!


  1. Do you have a pattern for those firemen? They are too cute!!


  2. omgosh! so cute! My husband's a firefighter and I always go WAY into fire safety. haha!

  3. Rachell: I'll add the patterns to tomorrow's post.
    Jen: Oo! To have a real firefighter come to school would be the bee's knees. I wish we had a fire station within walking distance, so I could take my class there. :(

  4. Love your fire fighter stuff!

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  5. Love the fire fighter ideas! I can't wait to borrow your pattern. Thank you so much for sharing!


  6. I would love a copy of the firefighter writing prompt guy! Super Cute!

  7. Hi!

    LOVE your blog...can I have a copy of the writing paper that goes with your firefighter?

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  11. Great article! I am going to share it with my little kids, I think that they will love the pictures when I am reading it to them.

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  12. You have some great creative ideas. I liked the one where you are teaching kids what to do in case of fire. You'd think that some official for fire protection in Anchorage, AK would try and appropriate the idea from you.

  13. Wondering if I can still get a copy of your patterns. I can't find them in other posts. Thanks!

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