Lesson plan 1
"Firefighters are our friends" and "Classroom evacuation procedure"
To discuss with students what the firefighters taught them
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
To use a fire fighting song or finger play as a transition
Pictures of different fires
Special bag with fire 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.
- Then ask the children who the hat belongs to.
Discuss with the children what the firefighters taught them
- 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 school or anywhere else.
Have children stand as they learn a finger play or song (see appendix)
- 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 flashcards 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 firefighter song sung to Skip to my Lou