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PPBF: My Mom is a Firefighter AND lots of freebies!


Fire Safety Month is almost here and I like to do a few lessons with my Grade 1s using this great book! Unfortunately I believe it's out-of-print (I'm not 100% sure) so you might have to borrow it from the library. But read on, because I have lots of great freebie activities, regardless of which fire safety book you'll be reading to your kids.

Title: My Mom is a Firefighter
Author: Lois G. Grambling
Illustrator: Jane Manning
Publisher: Scholastic Inc., 2007
Topic/Theme: Firefighting, Occupations, Family, Fire Safety

Opening: My mom is a firefighter. I'm her son. My name is Billy. Mom says she has two families.

Brief Synopsis: Billy tells the story of his "at home" family and his firehouse uncles. We learn all about his mom's job and fire-safety. It's no surprise to find out that Billy wants to grow up to be just like his mom.

Why I Like This Book: I like it, not so much for the writing (it's fairly ordinary) but because it touches on so many perfect themes including gender equality in the workplace and family.

Resources:

1.  I have two songs: "Get Out" that's sung to the tune of "Bingo" and "Stop Drop and Roll" that's sung to "Hot Cross Buns". If you click on either image below you'll get both the songs and a second version of "Get Out" with all the "out" words missing (that's one of our sight words next week, so the kids will be filling in the missing words).

Grade ONEderful: Fire safety poem called Get Out
(Clipart by Scrappin' Doodles)

Grade ONEderful: Fire safety poem called "Stop Drop and Roll"
(Clipart by Scrappin' Doodles)


2. The other thing I like to do is have the kids rebuild the poems in the pocket chart. So if you click on the next image, you'll get a larger version of "Get Out" and "Stop, Drop and Roll". I've printed mine on heavy stock paper, cut and laminated them.

Grade ONEderful: Two fire safety poems to rebuild in the pocket chart
3. You can get this very cute Stop Drop and Roll math game from Lory's Page


4. This next idea came from my very good friend, Bev. We taught together for years and I still miss her! But lucky for me, she comes in and teaches for me when I'm sick :) 

Grade ONEderful: Worksheet to write about fire using the 4 senses



5. This cute Firefighters tree map comes from Pencils, Glue and Tying Shoes.



6. Amanda, from First Grade Garden, has this really cute fire safety booklet in the shape of a fire hydrant. Be sure to visit her and grab that freebie. I did it last year and the kids and I loved it.


7. We're going to be making these firetrucks with graham wafers and oreos. If you click the image it will take you to the recipe. Do they look yummy? I can hardly wait to do this :)



8. I also found these drawing instructions from the Sparky website. Click the image to go there.


9. You can get lots of stuff at the Sparky website, but I really liked this sorting sheet 'cause it fits right in with our Grade 1 math curriculum. Click the image to grab.


Please visit Susanna for lots more book ideas:



Before I go I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who's following me :)) I reached 500 followers last week so I'm going to be having a giveaway very very soon....I'm thinking maybe Sunday. And I have a few other bloggers who have very generously donated extra prizes. 

Have a great weekend.

18 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing all these resources. I need to get on the stick and get my stuff ready for fire prevention week. Thanks for the reminder. :-)

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  2. Barbara..I was just about to sign off when I noticed one more person had posted on PPFB...and it was you! I'm sooo glad I didn't miss this one with Fire Prevention Week coming up in October. Great book...wonderful review...I've posted it tomy new Show Me How FB page! You've provided so many awesome activities, songs and games...I'm impressed...it makes me miss teaching kindergarten all the more. :)

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  3. Awesome! Thanks.

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  4. wow - thanks for all these resources :)
    with hubs being a firefighter, I just love this month! haha!

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  5. My fire safety unit is coming up soon. I'm making a mental note to keep your ideas in mind. Thanks and congrats on 500!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  6. Hiya, Barbara! Thanks for the shout-out. I love Fire Prevention Week. It amazes me each and every year how little my students are prepared for fire safety in their home. Plus, it is a gentle reminder for myself to check our alarms and have the yearly discussion with my family. I really like this year's theme: Two Ways Out. The only thing I don't like is that it falls on the same week as Columbus Day. I just don't have enough hours in the day to teach the standards, traditions, and the holidays! Oh well...
    Cute Picture Book! I'll check and see if my library has it. Thanks!

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  7. Wow, your activities are just awesome, Barbara! Great book recommendation;

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  8. Thanks for all the great freebies and links to freebies. I am pinning madly. (We do fire safety after Spring Break when the kidlets are a bit more grown up and will remember more than just the fire truck coming to school!)

    sandi
    rubberboots and elf shoes

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  9. Thank you for all of the great fire safety ideas and freebies!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  10. Such an important topic -- and fantastic activities! I also like that the book is about a Mom who is a firefighter. Thanks, Barbara!

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  11. I love teaching fire safety. I have had trouble fitting it in because our pacing guide doesn't give much room for extras. I'm going to try to fit it in this year. It is an important topic. Thanks!

    I found a song, not sure where that is easy and fun.
    It's to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?"
    Crawl like a baby, crawl like a baby.
    Under the smoke, under the smoke.
    If you try to breathe it, if you try to breathe it.
    You will choke, you will choke.

    I love your ideas, thanks!

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  12. PERFECT timing for this book and AmAzInG activities as we launch into Fire Safety month - thanks!! Also, congrats on 500 followers. You are an inspiration.

    Barbara
    The Corner On Character

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  13. Barb!
    Absolutely love these activities! I'll sing that Bingo song all day!!! Ha! Love it all!
    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  14. I blogged about your fire safety songs today! I'm seriously obsessed! http://www.miss-kindergarten.com/2012/09/fire-safety-week.html

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  15. Great pick! I like the activities! So many good ones! :)

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  16. Thanks for sharing :) This is a great collection of ideas! I am your newest follower!

    Holly

    Learning Adventures with Mrs. Gerlach

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