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Teach the children about everything the firefighter does and how he helps the community. Be sure to teach the children to never be afraid of firefighters and how to dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies. Speak about how firefighters are jobs not only for men but for women too!
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/k-2/neighborhood/firefighter.html kid friendly site about what a firefighter does
http://www.bls.gov/k12/help03.htm firefighter resource…what they do, what they wear, how they get ready for fire, etc. (Site for teacher use)
2. Read a book.
Fireman Small to the Rescue by Wong Herbert Yee
Penny’s First Aid Drill by Rob Lee
Mose the Fireman by Eric Metaxas and Everett Peck
Fireman Jim by Roger Bester
Freddie, Fireman Mike by SD Gross
www.storyplace.org contains preschool & elementary stories, online activities, reading lists & printable activities. Choose the firefighter theme to hear: “Time to Fight a Fire”
This theme includes:
-What should Fran wear online activity
-Dottie Dalmatian printable activity
-Firefighters reading list
Have child color picture of a firefighter and teach the child that the word Firefighter starts with the letter F. Coloring page can be found in the links below.
The best firefighter craft do to during this lesson would be to map out what you should do in case of a fire (in the class/house, etc.) Here is a link which gives great tips on what to do in a fire, how to prevent a fire, etc.
Here are some links which help you create a fire escape plan:
Fireman toilet paper roll:
5. Cooking with Kids
Everyone knows that firefighters love to cook. Since the spend most of their time in the firehouses, they treat the firehouse as their second home…and usually this means they have most of their meals there.
Some great websites where you can find genuine firefighter recipes are:
6. Fun with fire trucks.
Complete the worksheet below. Page 32
7. Song time, Finger play & Dramatic play & more crafts
I really enjoy this website and find it filled with wonderful rhymes, finger plays and crafts for children. The children can make fireman and Dalmatian finger puppets as well as sing songs about fire safety and firefighters.
Another great website with additional finger plays and dramatic plays related to firefighters & safety.
8. Making a book.
Finish up the lesson by having the children look through magazines to find anything firefighter related. Allow them to cut and paste these pictures onto Firefighter Pictures page below. By the end of the unit the children will have various collages of community helpers/workers that they can make into a book.
Community Helpers Lesson Plans: Units of Study for Labor Day
- A Unit of Study Introducing Community Helpers
- Labor Day Lesson Plans: The Astronaut
- Activities for the Community Helper: The Baker
- Teaching Kids About the Community Helper: The Farmer
- Labor Day Lesson Plans: The Firefighter
- Labor Day Lesson Plan: The Police Officer
- Activity to Teach Kids About Doctors and Nurses
- Labor Day Lesson Plans: The Postal Worker Activity
- Airplane Lesson Plans: The Pilot
- Labor Day Lesson Plans: The Teacher
- Review Community Helpers & Hold a Career Day at School