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The public edcuation division has some exciting news. We are happy to announce the launch of our first children's app and eBook! The fire-safety storybook app, Sparky's Birthday Surprise, and our new eBook, Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes, and Science Facts are both free.
Through real-life stories and interactive games, kids can learn important fire-safety messages to keep their families safe. Our mobile app, for grades Prek-2, is packed with animation and games, while our eBook, for grades 3-5, mixes fire-safety messaging with fascinating stories of courage, quick-witted kids, science facts, and more.
Over the last 6 months, we worked with a great team at We are Teachers and Cupcake Digital to create these books. NFPA's staff also played a big part in the project. From our curriculum experts in the public education division, engineers and members of our fire protection team, the stories and facts were thoroughly reviewed by NFPA's technical experts.
Created for teachers and firefighters to use in the classroom, the eBook reinforces fire-safety messages with students while building critical skills in reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and more. It aligns to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science through a combination of nonfiction, fictional stories, scientific diagrams, and poetry. The storybook app is aligned to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math.
As an added bonus and to expand on lessons taught in the books, our new web site, Sparkyschoolhouse.org features interactive whiteboard lessons on fire safety, addressing phonics, math, and reading comprehension. The website also includes a teacher/parent guide with discussion questions and additional activities, all aligned to Common Core standards.
The e-book is available on all major platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Barnes & Noble. The app, created by Cupcake Digital, will be available on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.
- by NFPA's Amy LeBeau </p>