Once kids are settled into class, the safety drills start, and there is a lot of vocabulary to learn.
It’s almost time for those first Fire Drill practices of the school year.
For children learning English as a second language, having speech / language issues or with a tendency towards anxiety, knowledge is power – if used properly! When the first Fire Drill of the school year comes up, it’s a great time to use age-appropriate stories, poems and songs to learn about the fire department, firefighters and capitalize on the fire truck fascination.
Reading about other students practicing for a fire drill, for example, allows kids to view through the drill through another’s eyes before doing it themselves. It also provides a fictional understanding so kids know not to expect their own experiences to be identical.
Many of us who teach special education make use of social stories or those similar in nature to help ease transitions for our students who have difficulties with them. The following are great examples of books for preparing kids for Fire Drills:
Please note that the descriptions of the following stories have been copied and pasted directly from the links to these books, not written by That Fun Reading Teacher.
The Dinofours: It’s Fire Drill Day!
Mrs. Dee, the preschool teacher, helps Albert overcome his fear of the loud noise during the fire drill by explaining that the sound of the fire bell keeps children safe. Includes fire safety tips.
Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill
All of the animals in the class face their fear of danger and practice wholeheartedly what their teacher Miss Mingo and the fire fighter Chief Grizzly teach them to do in a fire drill with excellent results.
The children in this kindergarten class know what to do when there’s a fire drill. They put down their toys and get in line. They file out of the building, slowly and calmly. They listen to the teacher. And when the teacher says “Okay!” the children know everything is safe. Back they go to their classroom to learn and play. Bouncy and bright, this simple rhyming text guides youngsters through all the steps of a fire drill. Fire Drill is a 2011 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.
Arthur’s Fire Drill
When D.W.’s teacher announces that they will have a fire drill, D.W. is afraid the school is going to burn down! So Arthur gives her his fire fighter’s hat, a whistle, and a few tips on fire safety, and appoints her their home fire warden. She then sets off to school prepared to take charge.
Best wishes for fire drill practice everyone! Being calm, practicing and listening to your teacher is the best preparation of all!
Have your kids started talking about fire drills yet? How do they feel about them?