Well, here's what's been happening in the First Grade Garden this week. We started our fire safety theme last week. My kiddies had soooo much background knowledge of fire safety. Those kindergarten teachers really made it stick! We made a schema chart and I wrote the kids' ideas on orange sticky notes.
Our author of the month is Norman Bridwell, author of Clifford, so of course the first story I read was "Clifford the Firehouse Dog". We made these cute Clifford puppets that were inspired by Mrs. Schmelzer's First Grade. She has some great fire safety activities to check out! You can download the fire dog colouring page from here. I just reduced it on the photocopier and added the words.
They loved these cute puppets! I even had some red paper bags from Target, so that worked out nicely!
Another day, we read a book about firefighters and completed a tree map about them. I got the idea from the cute blog Pencils, Glue, & Tying Shoes. My kiddies had lots of great ideas to include on the map. The cute graphics are from Stockberry Studio at mygrafico.com.
I made these cute word wall cards with words students might need to use in their writing. Download them by clicking on the picture below.
You can use these cards as a centre too. I made a recording sheet where the students choose four cards and have to put them in alphabetical order. They write the words in order and draw pictures to go with it. Download the recording sheet by clicking the pic.
I also made a couple matching sheets to practice these fire safety words. Click to download.
I created a few math games to go with our fire safety theme as well. The first one is just an empty board game. This is to practice counting and one-to-one correspondence. Students play with a partner, roll a die, and move that number of spaces. You could use the game board in a lot of different ways. Click to download.
I also made this Roll 'N Count firetruck game. I like to use red bingo dabbers with this, but you could use bingo chips or markers/crayons. Students each get their own sheet but play with a partner or small groups. They take turns rolling a die. They find that number on the fire truck and cover it up. The first one to cover up their whole truck wins! Click to download.
I used my projector to show this ADORABLE video from YouTube. It is Timon and Pumbaa from the Lion King in a Fire Safety video. It is about 12 minutes long but it is hilarious! The kids thought it was great. Click below for the link.
Also, if you haven't visited Sparky the Firedog's website, you should go. They have some awesome games and printables. They also have an online version of the Story of Sparky the Fire Dog. You can virtually flip the pages! It is pretty cute. Click for the link.
These are a collection of fire safety books that I have and love to read/share with my students.
Over the week we have had many practice fire drills. We have practiced our Stop, Drop, and Roll. We have practiced staying low and crawling under smoke (a blanket). We have made a classroom book about our family meeting plans (thanks Made for 1st Grade for the cute freebie!) Some of my students got to visit the fire hall for their Open House on Tuesday. Lastly, we put together this little fire safety book with six important lessons we need to remember. We filled in the missing letters/words on each page together and then drew pictures to go with. You could also find clipart online, I'm sure, for them to cute and glue on each page. It's all up to you and the level of your kiddies. I printed the cover on red cardstock, but you could just have them colour it as well.
Click here to download the book. Here is what the six pages say:
(1) Smoke detectors save lives.
(2) Know 2 ways out.
(3) Stay low and go.
(4) Call 911 for help!
(5) Stop, drop, roll.
(6) Fire is not a toy.
Well, that's it for now. We're onto creepy, crawly spiders right now! More to come later!