When the Fire Alarm Goes Off Social Stories and Power Cards

Total Pages: 23
File Size: 2 MB



When the Fire Alarm Goes Social Story contains material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This social story addresses what to do when the fire alarm goes off in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. There are 2 versions of this story included to reach more learning levels in your class, one uses real photos and one uses black and white clip art. The power cards make the perfect portable reminders students can keep in their desk and take with them as reminders during a fire drill.

★★★Updated and expanded August 2016 thanks to some helpful feedback.

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I also have a unit on Fire Safety that includes a slightly different version of this social story. You can find it here:

Fire Safety Unit
Fire Alarm Unit Includes:
• 8 page story on fire drills using photos
• 13 page BW student booklet
• Power cards reminding students what to do during a fire drill
Teaching students appropriate behavior and response/reactions to various situations is a challenge we face as special education teachers. This is why I feel it is so critical to teach these skills in a safe, non-stressful situation, NOT while the behavior is occurring. If you target and protect instructional time to teach these social skills, you are more likely to see them transfer to naturally occurring settings. I know there never seems to be enough time to teach what you need to in a school day, but you will not be sorry if you put time aside every day to work on building better social skills in a thoughtful and structured manner. My hope is that these social stories and related activities will make that task a little easier for you.

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I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future.

★★★I have many other social stories available (too many to list here). Just click on the social studies tab to the left in my store.

Please check out my blog page on social stories:

My Thoughts on Social Stories for more ideas on how to use this resource and one of my biggest “aha” moments as a teacher.

I also have some FREE video resources you may find helpful when using social stories:

Social Stories: A Powerful Behavior Management Tool

Writing Your Own Social Stories