Sunday, September 21, 2014

National Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week is October 5th-11th
How are you going to teach your students and spread the word about fire safety and prevention?! 

One way is to download the new (and free) app Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms by the National Fire Protection Association / ( Have your students help Sparky the Fire Dog and his friends solve the case of the missing smoke alarm, while they learn the importance of fire safety skills! The mystery begins when a strange thief is seen with a large bag! What happened to all of the smoke alarms?! Can your students figure out who did it and why?!

This app integrates content areas and provides you with free engaging interactive whiteboard lessons and printables that promote critical thinking skills!

English Language Arts
Reading comprehension is emphasized as students have to remember key details from the story to solve the mystery! Reading instruction is differentiated for strong and emergent readers. Students infer based on clues throughout the game! They ask the questions: who, what, when, where, why and how. As characters respond to major events and challenges, they recall key details to figure out the case! Strong and emergent readers benefit from the app. Struggling readers are guided through the text with highlighted words. This feature can be turned off for more advanced readers.

The app offers students a fun alternative to learning how to fluently add and subtract up to 20 using mental strategies. Word problems are included for children to learn key addition and subtraction signal words. As students collect batteries and smoke alarms throughout the game, have them compare what they have collected by creating a graph! This will teach students how to collect and represent data. 

Social Studies
Students learn what to do when the smoke alarm goes off and the importance of having a fire escape plan. Have students draw a fire escape plan (map). Then, have them practice using a compass rose. Would they know the best way to evacuate the building?! To teach students that they can make a difference in their community and beyond, have them spread the word of fire safety awareness! They can design posters and create a campaign to get the word out there! Students can collaborate and create a poster for each fire safety tip they learn throughout the game.

As students move through the game, throw in a science experiment so children understand Heat, Air and Fuel. Click here for directions!

Brain Breaks
The popular band Recess Monkey provides students with musical entertainment about Fire Safety for students to dance along to when they need a brain break!

Visit Sparky Schoolhouse to download the app and for more fun free stuff!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for these screen shots! I also really appreciate the classroom application suggestions. Great, thank you!