*This is a post sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org.
Fire Prevention Week is upon us and luckily our local fire department had an Open House this past weekend in addition to a school assembly during the week. Of course, my little man couldn’t wait to go check it all out!
Are you looking for some new fire safety resources for October? What if your students can’t get to a local fire department? Of course the activities need to be fun and interactive or your students won’t really be interested. How about if they are FREE? Even better, right? I ADORE NFPA’s Sparky resources for teachers! I also shared their website last year, but they have updated and added since then – to make it even better (which I didn’t know was possible)! Little man gives it two thumbs up!
You can check out the super interactive site and all the games, videos, and printables HERE. While I know that teachers will love the Digital Backpack filled with videos, ebooks, printable parent letters, lessons, and activities, I know students will love the games and apps the best!
I may or may not have actually gotten sucked into playing the brand-new Sparky’s Firehouse app for longer than I planned. Little man wanted his turn and was not having it. lol!
All the games vary from easy to challenging, so even your most mature fifth graders will like playing the games as much as the younger students.
I have to say that my personal favorite game was Sparky’s Matching Game. It is set up like a traditional matching game, BUT Sparky also educates the children on leaving the staged house immediately upon hearing the fire alarm during the game – even if in the middle of a play. This message was super important in my opinion because some kids (including my own) can get caught up in game play and figure they have more time than thy really do. Time is super important in the case of a fire – so being aware of that fire alarm and moving immediately was a great skill to incorporate into a pretty basic game.
Here is a quick 90 second video to demo part of the game. In higher levels, he actually tries to “trick” the students by sounding different types of alarms, such as an alarm clock. I love how students can print achievement badges too!
Little man loved the Sparky’s Firehouse Game Fix Up, Pick Up the best.
It starts with a sorting activity – and then it moves into a “frogger”-like game which little man really loved. The fire truck needed to pick up dalmatians and dog bones along a road. I found that it moved slow enough that even the younger students would have no problem manipulating the controls.
There is so much information to keep students engaged on this website! It even includes some amazing nonfiction videos to reinforce real-world learning! Make sure you check out Sparky’s Resources!
What was your favorite part of the Sparky website? How about your students’ favorite? I would love to hear in a comment below!