Population: Advanced ESL class. Various ages and ethnic
will generate an evacuation plan for their household
will take precautions against home fires such as installing fire
alarms and fire extinguishers
various fire safety websites and compile a bibliography (three
to four sources) of those sites
- Write down
your current plan for responding to a fire including the
equipment in your home and what you can do to improve your
report to the class your plans for improvement
- Create a
written evacuation plan for the members of your household
- Roleplay a
911 call with various other students in the class
- Write before
and after reflections on the importance of having a prevention
and evacuation plan for your household.
the United States, school curriculum involves lessons on fire
safety, but in other countries students may not get formal education
on what to do in the event of a fire. This lesson is meant to inform
and empower learners. They will understand how to prepare and
respond to a fire in their home. In learning to do so, they will
use various technologies and create a meaningful plan.
Academic Skills: Listening, Reading,
Writing and Speaking.
Content and Materials, Sites, Games, Activity:
Two online articles
which offers tips on leaving your home safely if it is on fire:
Group discussion on the
importance of having a plan for a fire and what that plan should
Group discussion on what
fire hazards are and considering whether they have fire hazards in
their own homes.
Recorded 911 calls from
past fire emergencies
Drawing of three
different rooms that have several fire safety hazards.
Examples of fire
will write a reflection on what they currently know about fire
safety and consider how important fire safety is.
will review articles which outline how to get out of a fire safely
and how to make your home safe against fires.
will watch a demonstration given by local volunteer firefighters on
how to install batteries in a fire alarm and engage in a discussion
with the firefighters on the most effective places to install fire
alarms and the best ways to ensure they are functioning properly.
will purchase the most suitable and correct number of fire alarms
for their homes, bring those fire alarms into class and install the
Students will review
sample evacuation plans for escaping a home that is on fire.
will listen to 911 calls that have been placed by home-fire victims.
will role play 911 calls.
will generate their own evacuation and precaution plans.
will write a second reflection on the importance of fire safety.
will write two reflections on their knowledge of fire safety, one
before the lesson, and one after. There should be a measurable
will design an evacuation and precaution plan for their homes.
These plans should reflect the knowledge gained from the lesson on
Small Group Work
will get into groups of three and exchange evacuation plans. They
will make suggestions and comments to each other.
will get into pairs and practice assembling and disassembling
various smoke alarms.
If my students didnít seem to be
learning from the verbal approach such as guest speakers, I might
give them more materials to reflect on individually.
If they didnít like the recorded 911
calls or the role-playing, I might give them written scripts.