“Why Guy Questions a Firefighter” is a great tool to integrate into your early elementary classroom. Below are a few ideas to help start your planning.
Tour A Fire Station
Watch the DVD to prepare your class for a field trip to the fire station. After viewing, have students predict what they think they will see at their local station. Compare differences and similarities of the station and equipment between what is seen on the video and what you see at your neighborhood fire station.
Firefighter Classroom Visit
Watch the Why Guy DVD before a local Firefighter visits your classroom. This will give the students a good working knowledge about what it’s like to be a fireman. With this foundation, the class can brainstorm questions they want to ask the firefighterl
Crawl Low and Go
Fire is FAST, HOT, DARK and DEADLY, with the smoke and toxic gases killing more people than the flames do. Hold a “Crawl Low and Go” contest and time each child as they make their way through the obstacle course. Set up ‘their bedroom’ in your classroom. They begin by lying down ‘in their bed’. Other students hold sheets out and shake them to act as ‘smoke’. When the alarm sounds, the student has to get out of their bed, crawl under all the smoke, and get to the door or window as fast as they can. Time the task, and the child who gets through the course the fastest wins a prize.
Extra Challenging: Inside a fire gets so dark so quick that you often can’t see your way around. Turn off the lights or blindfold each child as they go through the crawl low & go obstacle course.
Stop, Drop & Roll
Demonstrate how to Stop, Drop & Roll if their clothes are on fire. Take the class outside or in a big room where there’s plenty of space so everyone can practice.
Have a picture of fire and a picture of a firefighter dressed in protective gear. Brainstorm reasons the fire is the monster (burns you, kills people, destroys your home, etc.) and the Firefighter is not a monster (rescues you, saves people, puts out the fire, etc.). The main goal of this exercise is to teach children not to hide from firefighters. Even though they’re all dressed up and might like like spacemen, they’re really just regular people who want to help you.
Map Your Outs!
Have each student draw a map of their house, then have them draw escape routes to create a home fire escape plan. See if they can have two routes from each room in case their first route is blocked by fire. Encourage them to talk with their parents about choosing a family meeting place in case there is a fire, so everyone knows where to go to make sure the entire family is out of the burning house.
Alarm Survey & Graph
Assign each child the task of surveying their home to see how many smoke alarms are installed. In the classroom, graph the results to see how many families have 1, 2, 3 or more smoke alarms. Encourage the students to have their parents test the alarms as they’re taking their survey.