Lesson Plan

Fire Safety Review (and Good Fires)

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Second Grade
Fire Safety, Health, Physical Education, Physical Fitness
30-45 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
Kindergarten- 1a, 1c, 2a, 2b, 4a, 5a, 5b.
1st Grade- 1a, 2a, 2b,4b, 5c,5d.
2nd Grade- 1a, 2b, 5a, 5c, 6a.
fire safety, Physical Fitness, safety, game, physical education, Prescribed Fire, prescribed burning, Prescribed Burn, controlled burn


Students will review fire safety, be introduced to the concept that not all fire is bad, and engage in a physical activity that integrates fitness and fire safety knowledge. A guest speaker from the Fire Management Division at the Natchez Trace Parkway could be requested. The activity involves teamwork, body fitness, and space awareness, as well as fire safety knowledge.


Enduring Understanding: Knowing fire safety is important to reduce chance of injury, whether the fire is good or bad. 

Essential Question: What should I do if there is a fire?

The students will:

1.) Learn about fire safety and use teamwork and fitness skills in physical activity that is integrated with what they have learned.

2.) Learn that sometimes National Parks use fire to help nature and to keep park neighbors safe.  


The teacher should review the basic practices of fire safety, for example: the importance of smoke detectors, having a plan to get out of a burning building, crawl under smoke, stop/drop/roll technique if your clothes are on fire, and to call 911 to report a fire to the local fire department.

The Natchez Trace Parkway has a Fire Management Division. The Fire Management Division has three locations: Hohenwald, TN, Tupelo, MS, and Natchez, MS. The division's primary responsibilities are to suppress or stop wildfires, use prescribed burns or controlled fires to maintain historic value of sites and to study how different organisms and their react to the presence and absence of fire. They also provided education to the public about fire safety. It may be possible to have a member of the Fire Management Division to come and talk to students. For more information please call 662-680-4027


1) Fire Safety Review List

Teacher Provided

Hula Hoops, a unique color for each group of students: Groups may be 3, 4 or 5 students.

Space to place hoops in a circle 30' across and room for students to safely move around them. 




Students will be evaluated based on their participation in the discussion of fire safety and the physical activity that follows.

Park Connections

The students will learn why the Fire Management Division at the Natchez Trace Parkway sometimes burns areas along the Parkway


1.) Have the students go home and discuss the fire safety of their own home with their parents.

2.) As a class, the students and teacher can develop an illustration of their fire exit plan if the building caught fire. 

3.) Visit a prescribed burn site on the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail or talk to Fire Management Division member along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Additional Resources

National Park Service

Fire and Aviation

NPS fire curriculum materials

Fire Basics for Kids

Fire Safety

Forest Service 

Fire Science

Forest Fire Education

Fire Safety Websites

Fire Safety for Kids

Fire Safe Kids


prescribed fire, wildfire