How to Use This Lesson Plan
Let's Read a Story!
Before the Story
Make a prediction! What do firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics, do? (This can be done as individuals, a think-pair-share, or a large group activity. Older students may be able to use a Know, Want to know, Learned chart.)
Math & Language Extension
- Pause the video and use characters on the pages as a way to practice counting.
- Have students read along with "he walks into station number _____, he walks up the stairs one step at a _______..." (Fireman Small- younger students)
- Ask students to explain who is at each emergency and why and why firefighters do other jobs besides fight fire. (Big Frank- older students)
After the Story
Re-visit predictions, were they in the story? Are there things they can add to their list of what firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics do?
Would firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics help with:
- People that are sick and hurt
- Animals that are in danger
- Car accidents
- Inspecting buildings to make sure they have smoke detectors
- Rescuing people that get hurt hiking
- Cleaning up dangerous chemicals
- Chores at the fire house
Let's Play a Game!
Everyone is a community helper, everyone can help fight fire by making smart choices!
Making good choices about what is and isn't OK to play with can stop an emergency from ever happening!
Play the video below for instructions
Practice Calling 911
Around 4 or 5 years of age, children should be learning their full name, address, and phone number.
This is part of the When to Call 911 game, but can be used independently to teach the single concept.
Use this tool to discuss what is and is not an emergency.
You can give students scenarios to call 911 for and have them practice.
Home Safety Patrol
This activity supports fire safety at home: checking for detectors and making an emergency plan.
If homes do not have detectors, or the detectors are not working, GJFD can reach out to the family and get them the resources they need.
With the printable form, you as a teacher or parent can email them to GJFirePIO@gjcity.org
Word Sort: More on how GJFD helps the community
Explore the tools, vehicles, and emergencies that firefighters and EMTs can help with!
Critical thinking & Writing: Write GJFD a letter!
Have something you want to share? Is there a question you just have to know the answer to? Write us a letter and we’ll write you back!
Concentration, reading, process skills
Can you find all the dangers in the house? (printable)
Arts, crafts, fine motor skills
Writing and History Extensions
What did dalmatians do to help firefighters? Why don't dalmatians work with firefighters today?
Pretend you are a firefighter from the past that visits a modern fire station. What would you like? What would you dislike?