Ministry of the
Solicitor General

Lesson Plans



  • Personal and Social Development Awareness of Surroundings
  • The Arts
  • Visual Arts

Grade level:

  • Kindergarten


  • Emergency Workers

Time required:

  • 35 minutes

Lesson objective:

Identify common emergency workers and their vehicles. Identify emergency situations that each worker would respond to.

Instructional Expectations

The Kindergarten learners will:


  • Identify people who work in the community and talk about what they do
  • Communicate their understanding of something by representing their ideas and feelings through visual art


a) Learners – Required Prior Learning

  • None

b) Learning Environment

  • The students will sit on the floor/carpet for the lesson/discussion
  • The students will complete the assignment at a desk/table

c) Resources

  • Copy of children’s book “Emergency!” by Margaret Mayo (or other similar book that talks about emergency workers and vehicles)
  • A toy fire truck, police car and ambulance
  • * Additional other non-emergency vehicles may be added here to make activity more challenging (tractor, cement truck, tanker truck, taxi, etc.)
  • Pictures or figurines of paramedics, police officers, firefighters
  • White paper, crayons/coloured pencils, thin black marker for teacher to scribe with

a) Introduction

Storybook: Emergency!

Author: Margaret Mayo

Identification of the roles of various emergency workers (firefighter, police officer and paramedic)

Ask the students what an emergency is. Listen to several answers and indicate whether or not a situation given is or is not an emergency. Explain that there are different types of emergencies and different kinds of emergencies need different people to help.

Read a story about emergencies to the students.

b) Establishing the Learning

Identification of emergency workers and their respective vehicles

After the story, hold up a picture/figurine of a firefighter, police officer and paramedic one at a time for the students to see. Ask them what kind of emergency worker each is.

When each emergency worker is identified, place the emergency vehicles on the floor and ask the students which picture/figurine belongs with which vehicle. Ask a student to come up and place the picture or figurine next to the correct vehicle. You may wish to include an extra, non-emergency vehicle to the line up to make this a little more difficult. Then ask the students to name the vehicles (fire truck, police car, ambulance).

Holding the fire truck and the picture or figurine of the firefighter, ask what a firefighter does. Ask for an example of where a fire truck and firefighter might go (e.g., a house fire is an emergency where firefighters are needed). Do the same for the police car and police officer picture/figurine and the ambulance and the paramedic picture/figurine.

b) Consolidation of Learning

Show the students each of the three Emergency Workers colouring sheets and ask them to tell her/him the following for each:

  1. Name the emergency vehicle
  2. Name the emergency worker who belongs with the emergency vehicle
  3. Give an example of what the emergency worker does


Students will be asked to draw a picture of an emergency and to include an emergency worker and their vehicle.

While the students are working on their pictures, visit each student and ask:

  • What is happening in the picture?
  • Scribe what is said on the sheet.


Observe all students during the lesson and the subsequent assignment and make note of any students experiencing difficulty. Record observations, as appropriate.

Additional Related Activities

  • Arrange for an Emergency Professional to visit your classroom
  • Visit a fire station, police station or ambulance station
  • Set-up an Emergency Worker Station in the classroom with books, toys and activities related to Emergencies and Emergency Workers