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       The Figure Five in Gold      and        The Great Figure

            Charles Demuth                                            William Carlos Williams







We studied the painting

The Figure Five In Gold

by Charles Demuth.

We also played with the poem called

The Great Figure

that was written by his friend

William Carlos Williams.

Can your student share the interesting story that inspired the poem and the art?

You can click on the link below to see and hear a very loud old fashioned fire truck howling down the street.

The video was inspired by the painting and the poem.

It re-creates the loud and noisy feeling

of the city on the night the fire truck was racing through the

 wet, dark city streets.











Click the link below to visit a  media series including the painting and poem,

and work inspired by it!

Parents, as with any 'internet field trip', please make sure you visit this site with your child. There are informational links displayed at the end of the series that are intended for grown-ups.




When a fire alarm rings, trucks roll out of the station ready to rescue people and fight fires!

This is a picture of a fire station in a city.

The engine that Charles Demuth saw could have emerged from a station like this one.

BUT... it would have been a dark and rainy night....

not a bright and sunny day.

How do we know that?


This sign tells people that a

fire station is near by.

It is yellow to remind people to be careful!

What vehicle did we read about and study that is yellow

to remind other drivers to slow down, and


Hint...It has its own built in STOP sign!

Hint..... Donald Crews wrote a book about it!



You can have fun looking at the picture of the firefighter.

....Can you find these words on the picture?....



...Breathing Apparatus...

Why must he wear clothing like this?

(Go to DOWNLOADS to print a picture of a firefighter to color and study!)

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Does your family have a fire safety plan?

If not, please take some time to create one!

Make sure the smoke detectors in your home are working!

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Click the links below to learn more!

 (These links can also be found on the side bar. Scroll up and look to the left)

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 The next link will take you on a tour of  a real fire house!

It has many interesting 'rooms' for you to visit!

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Or, read an old fashioned fire fighter's story!

Once you have found the site,

you will have to scroll down to read the story.


Among the rain

and lights

I saw the figure 5

in gold

on a red





to gong clangs

siren howls

and wheels rumbling

through the dark city.


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