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Why Stop,
Drop, and Roll?

Talk with children about what fire requires to burn (oxygen, fuel, heat). Next, light a candle and let children make observations: there is a flame, candle wax is melting, and there is some heat. Ask What could we take away to put the fire out? Blow on it and explain that you are taking away the heat. Now cover a burning candle with a glass jar and have children count until the flame is out. Explain that you took away oxygen (in the air), which caused the fire to stop burning. Use this experiment to segue into a discussion about using the Stop, Drop, and Roll technique. Explain that by rolling you are taking away oxygen, which stops the fire from burning (as it did with the candle). Finally, show pictures of the correct Stop, Drop, and Roll positions and have children practice them. You might share one of these images so students have a clear picture of what to do before practicing:



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Sue LaBella, Education World's former early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.


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