As a teacher, we recognize that your time is valuable. We also understand that you wish to provide your students with the best possible education when it comes to fire safety. In that effort, West Peculiar Fire Department is striving to create the best resource available for you on the web, including games, activities and information designed to facilitate learning in the classroom.
Creative Teaching- Helpful Tools and Information
Each year, more teachers are finding it necessary to develop their own fire safety education as fewer and fewer fire departments are able to provide fire safety education to schools. Below are some ideas designed help make it easier to put together a quality program for students.
• Free resources at FireSafeKids.org-
Activity Sheets and Coloring Pages
As a teacher, your time is limited. FireSafeKids.org makes it easy to find activities and coloring pages that not only entertain, but also teach. These resources are free to use and are available in both English and Spanish.
Finding fun and creative ways to get your students learning about fire safety is easier said than done. Well here's a download you don't want to miss! A simple, easy and fun way to reinforce fire safety basics. Patterned after the popular TV show Jeopardy, your students will enjoy working together to answer the questions. Divide your class into two teams, and let the fun begin!
As a teacher, you know how important parent involvement is! Now you have a powerful new way to engage parents in fire safety. What's nicer is how easy it is.
All you have to do is send a notice home with each student asking their caregiver to participate in a homework assignment by visiting www.firefacts.org. Once there, they'll simply click the "Parents" tab, and select Parent Homework.
Parents will be asked to read "10 Simple Steps to a Safer Home" and "Practice Safety as a Family." Once finished, they'll be asked to take a ten question test covering the basics of fire safety in the home.
After a parent completes the test, an email is automatically sent to you, letting you know that student's parent has completed their homework. Parents can print out a completion page as verification as well.
Want to know how easy it is? Take the test yourself. It only takes a few minutes, and you may even learn something that will help you make your home fire safe! Go now. We've even created a handout for you to send home with your students.
Feel free to make any changes to match your needs.
• Finding time to teach fire safety-
As an educator, you have the difficult decision of what to teach, and what not to teach, your students based on the amount of available in a given year. Many schools have chosen not to teach fire safety. Others have left it up to the individual teachers to make that choice.
Did You Know? While gun violence captures the media’s attention, twice as many children (under the age of 10) will die as a direct result of fire, as compared to children who will die as a direct result of a gunshot wound.
Each year in the United States, fires claim more lives than all other natural disasters combined. Sadly, many of the deaths caused by fire could easily have been prevented.