At NFPA, we realize that many teachers have difficulty finding the right fire-safety materials for different grade levels, says Amy LeBeau, senior project manager in NFPA’s Public Education Division. As a result, we launched a school outreach program that focuses on a blended-learning approach using interactive apps and lesson plans that feature targeted fire-safety messages. We encourage fire safety educators to incorporate digital learning tools into their fire prevention programs as part of this year’s activities for Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 4 to 10.
One of these tools is Sparky’s® Brain Busters, a new single- or multi-player trivia app for classroom or the home that uses an interactive learning experience to assess the safety knowledge of third, fourth, and fifth graders. Another free app, The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms, is an interactive game that allows first, second, and third graders to solve a mystery while learning fire-safety skills. For children in pre-kindergarten through grade 2, a third interactive learning app, Sparky’s Birthday Surprise®, enhances the reading experience with fire-safety messages about what to do if a smoke alarm sounds, how to get out of the home safely, and how to choose an ou
tside meeting place.
Finally, we’ve published the Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes, and Science Facts eBook, which helps reinforce fire-safety messages for students in Grades 2 through 5 while building their reading comprehension skills, fluency, vocabulary, and more.
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