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Friday, January 20, 2012

Community Helpers: Firefighters


Preschool Home School- Firefighters Unit Study
We spent the biggest time of our community helpers on the fire fighter study, probably because to four year old boys, nothing beats a fire fighter! We found the key to this study was the field trip to a real fire station at the beginning of our unit. Nothing is cooler than sitting the driver's seat of a fire truck, the firefighters were very welcoming to our homeschool group, which consisted of ages 1 and half to 10 years old!Circle time 

  • What would happen if we didn’t have firefighters in our city?
  • Why do we have so many fire stations in one city?
  • What kind of Uniform does a firefighter wear? During this I drew a firefighter in full turnout gear and we labeled his uniform and tools after our field trip to the station (mask, belt, boots, etc)

Word Wall

  • Fire
  • Fire Truck
  • Fire Hat

Computer Skills
  • Really fun and free site with several fire safety games!
Safety Activities:
  • Identify shapes of room while drawing a map of house. Use this map to make Fire Escape routes. We printed out pictures of our home family and used them like paper dolls to run drills.
  • Practice Stop and Roll

Song -Stop, Drop and Roll (tune of Frere Jacques)

If my clothes
Should catch on fire,
I’ll stop, drop and roll,
Stop, drop and roll.
I’ll put out the fire.
I’ll put out the fire.
I won’t burn.
I won’t burn

Science/Math Activities:
  • Get a blankest out and pretend crawling under it like it is hot smoke
  • Go on a hunt for all the smoke alarms & fire extinguishers in your house ,then graph them! We also visited my husbands’ work to see how many smoke alarms they had, then added it to our graph
  • Fire Needs air-While observing a burning candle, the kids can learn that fire needs air to breathe, grow and burn. Cover the burning candle with a clear jar so the kids can see that the fire will extinguish itself once it has no air.
Field Trips

Art Activities

  • Make hoses out of paper towel rolls; Tape two rolls together to make long hose. Color paper blue then cut draw lines for the children to cut fringe (this is your water). Tape the fringed paper on end and VOILA, you have a water hose!
  • Panting with red & yellow finger paint to make fire- discuss how it makes orange.

  • Make smoke alarms by using a white paper plate and add wiggly eyes, a nose, and cut out a mouth. Pretend this is a smoke detector and use it as a mask to sing the following poem/song.

Song-Always Alert

I’m a smoke detector and I say “Beep”.
(squat down)

I’m your nose when you’re asleep.
(point to nose then pretend to sleep)

If there’s a fire and smoke is all around,
(wiggle hand and fingers around)

I’ll wake you up with a very loud sound.
(jump up and raise your hands high)


FireFighter Picture Book List

  • Curious George at the Fire Station by Margret and H.A. Rey's
  • Curious George and the firefighters
    by Margret & H.A. Rey
  • Dot the Firedog by Lisa Desimini
  • Fighting Fires by Susan Kuklin
  • Fire Engine Man by Andrea Zimmerman
  • Firebears: The Rescue Team by Rhoda Gowler Greene
  • Firefighters to the Rescue! by Kersten Hamilton
  • Fireman Smallby Wong Herbert Yee
  • Fire! Fire! Hurry! Hurry! by Andrea ZimmermanLink
  • The Fire Fightersby Sue Whiting
  • Firefighters!: Speeding! Spraying! Saving!by Patricia Hubbell
  • Five Little Firefightersby Tom Graham
  • Even Firefighters Hug their Moms by Christine Kole MacLean
  • Stop Drop and Roll (A Book about Fire Safety) by Margery Cuyler a
  • Big Frank's Fire Truck by Leslie McGuire
  • Several other non fiction picture books that we found at our library

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