Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
How Fires Start


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Kimberly Notestine and Norma Orner


How Fires Start

Standards Addressed
  • 13.2 D Identify activities within the school day that promote health and safety
  • 10.3 A Recognize safe/unsafe practices in home, school and community
  • 10.3 B Recognize emergency situations and explain appropriate responses
  • 1.2.3 A Read and understand essential content of informational texts and documents in all academic areas
Brief Overview Students will identify how a fire starts and how to prevent a fire from happening.
Grade Level 3rd
Content Area(s) Language Arts, Reading, Science, Health
Other standards supported ASCA, PSCA, NCDG
Prep Time Two 30 minute sessions
Implementation Time Two 30 minute periods
Learning Objectives Students will identify how a fire starts and how to prevent it.
Materials Needed Smokey Bear teacher’s guide and student activity book, brown construction paper, red construction paper, and heavy yarn.
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Read the story from the teacher’s guide about how a fire starts. Be sure to discuss Smokey’s friends who help put out the fire (firefighters, rangers).
  2. Practice the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique that was taught in a previous lesson.
  3. Discuss the county forester, who takes care of the forests, and tell them the rules for “Wildfire Tag”. The game will be played on the playground.
Theory basis Trait and Factor Theory
Evaluation/Assessment Use the student activity book (fill in the blank, matching, and puzzles).
Comments Make fire symbol from red construction paper ahead of time, as well as tree symbols for the game.
Enhancement Activities Continue to practice “Stop, Drop, and Roll” on a weekly basis. Continue to do other activities in the activity book to review.
Adaptation for at risk kids Provide a word bank for the activity book. Allow some students to draw a picture to show meaning instead of words.

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