If you want to focus on teaching about the importance of first responders in your community on Patriot Day (September 11), this packet is for you! With this packet you'll be able to teach ELA Common Core Standards and Social Studies Standards at the same time! A math sheet with 4 word problems is also included.
This packet contains:
First Responders Are – Allow your students the opportunity to choose which first responder they would like to find character traits for. Have your students color in the first responder (if you don’t have access to print in color – I don’t!) and have them use the Character Traits list to find traits that pertain to their first responder. They can list these traits around their first responder.
Character Traits – Pass out this list and go over the traits. Have students reference the list while trying to come up with character traits that pertain to the first responder they selected. (These lists are great to use throughout the year whenever you’re discussing character traits. I printed mine on cardstock and then laminated them – they’ve lasted years already.)
First Responders in My Life – Use this sheet to teach ELA Common Core standards. The main focus of this sheet is to have students practice firsthand creating illustrations that match the text.
Letter Template – Have students decorate the top with a picture and use the sentence starters to write a note to a first responder. See if you can contact local first responders and actually give the letters to them!
Using the Pictures – This is a bonus sheet because you can use it with any text! I included it in this packet because all you need to do is find ANY story related to first responders. Use the story plus this worksheet and your ELA plans for the day are complete! This sheet will help your students with using illustrations to gain knowledge of the story’s characters, setting and plot. Just make sure you preview the text and preselect a picture for your students to analyze.
After the Story – Another bonus sheet! You can use this one with any story too! This will help your students describe the overall structure of the story. Remember to focus on the fact that the beginning introduces the story, the middle contains most of the plot, and the end concludes the action.
First Responders Strip – Use this at the end of the day as an exit slip or save it for the following day and use as morning work.
Word Problems - This sheet includes 4 word problems related to first responders.