Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fire Safety and Burn Prevention with Objects in the Home

A young child tries to help her mother by carrying a bowl of hot soup up the stairs.  The soup spills in transport burning the child's arm.  The little girl doesn't know that she needs to take action immediately.  Instead, she cleans up the spilled soup and goes about her day with a painful burn.  She doesn't tell her parents about the incident until HOURS later causing the burn to progress and resulting in a trip to an emergency care center.  Fortunately this real life incident ended with a complete healing of the skin.

This account demonstrates a regretful fact.  Children are not being educated about what to do when they are burned.  Moreover, there is little or no fire safety or burn prevention program mandated.  At best, fire safety and fire prevention is pushed into a single health standard which gives a vague mention of it.  Many schools have no materials or curriculum for fire safety leaving it to the teacher to build a program herself/himself.  Perhaps the best thing that educators can do in this situation is to share their ideas for fire safety and burn prevention with each other.  Here's an idea:

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Ever since the event with my family member, I knew that a fire safety unit needed to include a component that tells children how to react if they are burned by liquid or food instead of just how to avoid it.  The number one thing I tell children to do is to report the burn to an adult IMMEDIATELY.  I also reinforce the fact that hot liquids can burn.  Many children find this to be counter intuitive because they have a visual image in their minds of water being used to put a fire out.  Maybe it's something they've seen on television.  Another activity that I include in a fire safety and burn prevention unit is a teacher's "Show and Tell".  I gather together some of my household items and bring them to class.  Some items are passed around the circle for the children to touch.  Items such as lighters are viewed but not passed around the circle.  The point is made that those items are too dangerous for children to touch.

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I've created a picture file with photos that I've taken of items that can burn.  Click PICTURE FILE to get it.  Click POWERPOINT to get the PowerPoint version.  Click the image shown below to get the PDF version.  

If you live in the state of Virginia and are curious about the fire safety and prevention standards, you can find them at the Virginia Department of Education website.  Go to the "Health" standards.  Here are the standard numbers for kindergarten and first gradeK.1 - p and 1.1 - e.  I could not find a curriculum framework for the 2008 or 2015 health standards.  It's indicated as "Not Applicable".

October is fire safety month!  This fire and burn prevention picture file includes ten photos of common household items that have the potential to be very dangerous for young children.  The photos include candles, matches, lighters, burner, hot tea, hot soup, an iron, light bulb, hair dryer, and hair iron.   Enjoy using these fire prevention images with your class when you are introducing a fire safety unit.  You may use the photos to create educational materials for individual classroom use.


That's all for now!

Molly McMahon
Lessons by Molly






Friday, August 18, 2017

Color by Code Sight Words for First and Second Grade

I finished creating three sets of COLOR by CODE sight word sheets.  Each set has a theme that is of high interest to children.  I tried some of the pages out with my little gal and she LOVES the COLOR by CODE sheets!  I was so proud of how she used context skills and picture cues to catch the word "ocean" from the sentence at the bottom of the page.  She needed help with the word "Pacific" and she made a genuine attempt at decoding it phonetically herself before making an appeal to me for help with the word.  The video clip below is her cold read of the sentence.
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Each of the COLOR by CODE sheets has a sentence at the bottom of the page for students to read.  The sentences are related to the pictures.  Sight words are willfully included within the sentences so that students can apply word recognition knowledge to reading whole sentences.  First graders may need help reading some of the words - - such as the word "Pacific".

"Little Gal" has such a high energy level and she is practically jumping out of her chair as she reads.  Nonetheless she is soaking up every minute of the reading exercise!

These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.
COLOR by CODE sight words sheets can be used as independent work when students are not working directly with the teacher.  The students are coloring according to the key provided on the sheet.  The children find the word and its assigned color.  Then they color accordingly.  The sight words are recurrent on the picture allowing children continuous exposure without a monotonous undertone

These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.
These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.
These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.

Color words can be coded with crayons for students that haven't yet learned to recognize them by sight.  There is no previous word knowledge required to complete one of the COLOR by CODE sheets.  This helps minimize incorrect learning while increasing students' sight word knowledge.

These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.

I printed the 18 COLOR by CODE sheets and went to my office supply store to have the pages bound as a book.  (They can also be bound with a stapler.)

These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.
The "book" format allows students to easily access their COLOR by CODE sheets for independent work time.  If you teach six to nine new sight words per week, the COLOR by CODE sheets could be one of your weekly assignments which would continue over a span of 18 weeks - - one sheet per week.  To maximize word knowledge acquisition, I recommend reviewing each set of words before the page is assigned.

These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.
Students that are crazy for coloring will love COLOR by CODE sheets - - like "Little Gal" who begged me for more!  I think she also likes using her newly developed reading skills to read the sentences printed at the bottom of each page and learn what I wrote about the picture!

These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.
The three themes that I selected for my COLOR by CODE printable pages are:   Food, Pirate, and Ocean.  Here are a few more photos from the Ocean Theme set.

These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.
These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.
These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.
Each theme includes six printable pages with six to nine targeted sight words used on a page.  I used the first 128 sight words which are commonly known as Fry words.  A complete word list is included on the product description page.

If you are interested in this resource, click the image shown below to view it at my shop.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Color-by-Code-Sight-Words-Bundle-Three-Themes-FoodPirateOcean-128-Words-3124160

I also made a version with British spelling that can be found here:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Colour-by-Code-Sight-Words-Bundle-FoodPirateOcean-128-Words-British-Spelling-3124054

A few months ago I made a COLOR by CODE Earth Day freebie with animal groups.  Feel free to use it as a sample of my COLOR by CODE products.  Here's the link that post where you can find the link to the freebie:  Color by Code Earth Day.  I also wrote some blog posts about strategies to use and pitfalls to avoid when using COLOR by CODE printables.  If you'd like, read them hereSTRATEGIES and PITFALLS.

That's all for now!

These color by code sight word printable sheets are suitable for first and second graders that are learning new high frequency words on a weekly basis.  This color by code bundle contains 18 pages and included three themes.  Each color by code page targets six to nine Fry words.  There is a key for students to follow which directs them to color sections on a picture.  Color by code sight words are a great way to allow students to work independently while increasing Fry word knowledge.


Molly McMahon, Lessons by Molly