1-2-3 Come Do Some 911 Activities With Me
Teaching students that they can dial 911 in an emergency is extremely important. I do this during Fire Safety Week.
One of the things that we do is sit in a circle and pass around a variety of kinds of phones. We discuss their differences as we locate the numbers 911 on them.
Each child takes a turn answering the question: "What number do you call in an emergency?" They reply 911 and then dial it on an old cell phone.
I watch to make sure that they are pressing the 9 and not the 6. Practice continues 'til each child has had a turn. Listening to the number repeated 20+ times, as students take their turn, is beneficial reinforcement.
Afterwards, students pick a partner, and act out scenarios of when to call 911, taking turns dialing the number. I have a tub of different real phones that people have donated to us, so I have a nice supply of over 15 phones.
It's important to remind students that they should only dial this number in a real emergency, because if they're just fooling around, they could tie up the line for someone who really needs help.
For more practice, I designed two quick and easy fire safety crafts that are also fun ways to reinforce dialing 911 in an emergency.
The first one is a paper cell phone. I chose to draw Apple's Smart Phone, because of the play on words: "I'm smart. I know how to dial 911 in an emergency." that I typed at the top.
The phone flips open to reveal a cute "Call 911" song that your students will enjoy singing to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It."
Older students can write a list of when to call 911 in the empty space on the left.
I've included a larger poster of the 911 song as well. I did not write this little diddy.
Quite a few years ago a fellow teacher shared it with me, so I have no idea where it came from.
I've Googled it, and actually found it, but that teacher too did not know the author.
I also work on making sure that children are not mixing up the 9 with the number 6, so I have them color in the numbers on their paper cell phone.
There's also a "Don't Be Fooled" worksheet, where students find and circle all of the 9's hiding amongst similar numbers and letters, like a 6, q, and p.
For more practice, I've also included a trace and write 911 worksheet.
The 2nd craftivity is a large 911 that students fill in with pieces of torn red, yellow and orange construction paper.
(I cut 1 inch strips of construction paper on a paper cutter. Each child gets one of each color.)
Ripping and tearing paper is wonderful fine motor practice that helps strengthen finger muscles.
Children rip a pile of each color and then rub a glue stick over the 9 and press down the pieces of paper, continuing 'til all of the numbers are completely filled. Remind students to rub the glue on the number and not on the individual tiny pieces of paper. This is faster and their fingers won't get all sticky.
Encourage students to sing the 911 song whiile they work on this activity. (My Y5's started singing on their own, without a prompt from me, so I know your kiddos will also enjoy it.) Completed projects make a terrific fall bulletin board.
Click on the link to view/download the 911 Fire Safety Packet. Thanks for visiting today. Hope you can stop by tomorrow for more fire safety craftivities. I'm off to church. Once again, my early morning has flown by. Wishing you a blessed day.
"It always seems impossible until it is done." -Nelson Mandela