This post is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky the Fire
Hello darlings! What do you do in your classroom for Fire Prevention Week? I’ll admit that in third grade, we really didn’t give it much thought because we always left that to the first grade teachers. Firefighters would visit our school each year and put on a little program for the first graders. They would show the kiddos the firetruck and their gear and teach them about fire safety.
But what about the big kids? We still need to talk about this each year. Do student have an escape plan at home in the event of a fire? Do they know what to do if they see a fire? We can’t just assume that they know what to do.
That’s why I teamed up with the NFPA’s favorite mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog® to bring awareness to Fire Prevention Week. The resources they have for students and teachers are amazing! I got lost looking through all of the activities, games, and videos that they provide. You need to go check them out! NFPA Kids hosts the website, Sparky.org, as a resource for parents and kids to better
understand ways in which to practice fire safety! They also host SparkySchoolhouse.org which is designed for educators but the content is
available to anyone as well.
One of the lessons that really caught my interest was the lesson called Firefighting’s Weird History and Fascinating Future. I know my third graders will love it! It has a really engaging video about firefighting history and the technology that firefighters might use in the future. I even learned a thing or two! Did you know that in 1811, an African American woman named Molly Williams, became the first female firefighter?
The lesson also comes with a text version of the video along with a KWL graphic organizer for students to complete. I’m excited to assign this for my At Home Learning next week.
Students can explore so much on the Sparky site! They can learn to make a evacuation plan map and how to prevent a fire in a kitchen. There are so many resources and games!
I hope you are able to add a little bit of Fire Safety into your curriculum plans next week! Go check out SparkySchoolhouse.org !