Fire safety in the kitchen is the focus of Fire Prevention Week 2006.
Before reading, ask students to list some of the fire-safety rules with which they are familiar. Write the rules on a black/whiteboard or chart paper. Ask students to identify the reason why each rule is a good rule. Some rules students might share include the following:
After reading this week's News for Kids article, students will undoubtedly be able to add to the list.
Introduce these words from the News Word Box on the students' printable page:
Read the News
Click for a printable version of this week's news story Learning Fire Safety Can Help Save Lives.
More Facts to Share
Share these additional facts with students after they have read this week's news story.
On January 2, 2006, 11-year old Kelsey Olden saved her family by detecting an early morning fire in its earliest stage. Kelsey learned fire safety through the Student Awareness and Fire Education (SAFE) Program from the Shirley (Massachusetts) Fire and School Departments. You can learn more about Kelsey's story and the stories of other young fire heroes on SAFE's Young Heroes @ Work Web page.
This year's Fire Prevention Week (October 8-14) theme is "Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat." This is the perfect time to spread the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home, and to teach families and kids how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place. Did you know that
Each year, Fire Prevention Week is held during the week in which October 8 falls. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into the night and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.
Revisit the Anticipation Guide at the top of this lesson; ask students to add to their list of fire-safety tips any additional tips they might have thought of, or any new ones they might have learned by reading this News for Kids article. Once again, ask students to share the reasons behind each tip.
You might follow-up that activity by asking some of these questions:
Think About the News
Discuss the Think About the News question that appears on the students' news page. Accept soundly reasoned responses for each of the kitchen fire-safety rules in the news article.
Root (base) words. Have students circle the following words in this week's News for Kids article: boiling, called, cooking, damaged, flickering, learned, noticed, Prevention, spreading, and turned. Have them identify the root (or base) word of each word. Can they correctly spell that root word?
Kitchen fire safety. Can students correctly answer the kitchen fire-safety questions in this Fire Prevention Week Quiz?
More fire safety teaching ideas. Education World offers many more ideas for teaching about a wide range of fire safety topics in our article, Fire Safety: Activities to Spark Learning.
Art. Have students choose one of the fire safety tips from their class list. Challenge them to create a fire-safety poster that will instruct others about fire safety. Display the posters around the school or in a local store that might welcome a display of children's artwork.
Additional resources. For additional Fire Prevention Week resources, be sure to see the teaching materials created for this year's Fire Prevention Week celebration. These materials include downloadable letters for kids to take home, a hidden picture activity, and lesson plan ideas.
Use the Comprehension Check (above) as an assessment. Or have students work on their own (in their journals) or in their small groups to respond to the Think About the News questions on the news story page or in the Comprehension Check section.
Lesson Plan SourceEducation World
National StandardsNational Standards
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH: Health
GRADES K - 4
NPH-H.K-4.1 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
NPH-H.K-4.3 Reducing Health Risks
NPH-H.K-4.5 Using Communication Skills to Promote Health
NPH-H.K-4.7 Health Advocacy
GRADES 5 - 8
NPH-H.5-8.1 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
NPH-H.5-8.3 Reducing Health Risks
NPH-H.5-8.5 Using Communication Skills to Promote Health
NPH-H.5-8.7 Health Advocacy
GRADES 9 - 12
NPH-H.9-12.1 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
NPH-H.9-12.3 Reducing Health Risks
NPH-H.9-12.5 Using Communication Skills to Promote Health
NPH-H.9-12.7 Health Advocacy
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Article by Gary Hopkins
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