Lesson plan 1
"Firefighters are our friends" and "Classroom evacuation procedure"
To introduce students to the role of firefighter
To discuss and practice fire evacuation procedures with the children, identifying:
- the need to tell an adult and yell fire
- a safe area for children to move to
- the need to drop everything and not turn back
Inform the children of when the firefighters are coming to visit
A large bag, big enough to fit a firefighter's hat in it
- Tell an adult
- Go to our safe area
- Get out, stay out
Firefighters are our friends
- Begin group time by asking the children what they think you have in your bag.
- Ask for a few volunteers to feel what is in the bag without looking at it.
- Ask the children who the hat belongs to.
Discuss with the children any time they may have seen firefighters
- Ask the children what firefighters do
- Emphasise that firefighters are their friends and are safe people to run to in the event of a fire at home or at preschool or anywhere else.
- Tell the children you have an escape plan to keep them all safe
- Explain the escape plan to the children
Remember to include the following points
- Use a bell or whistle in a certain way so that all children know that it is a fire alert.
- Teach the children to yell fire. Talk about the need to only call this out when there really is a fire.
- Have a designated safe area where the children congregate in the event of a fire and teach the children to calmly get there as fast as they can
- Teach the children to drop everything and not to go back.
- You may ask them questions like "If there is a fire should I get my ... (bag, hat ,cuddly toy etc)"
- Review flash cards one at a time.
Role play your escape plan
- Have the children playing in different areas of the room. Designate one child to run to an adult yelling fire.
- Practice the rest of the escape plan
You could finish your group time with verse 1 of The fire safety song sung to Skip to my Lou