Let's Learn About the Fire Station!
- Grades: 1–2
Students will learn about firefighters and fire safety.
- Write about the fire station and fire safety.
- Take photographs.
- Create a page for the class book.
- Digital cameras or 35mm cameras
- iPhoto software (Mac) or software that comes with digital camera (PC)
Set Up and Prepare
- Schedule a trip to the local fire station.
- Arrange students in groups to share cameras. If there are seven cameras and 20 students, then groups of three would share a single camera.
Step 1: Tour the local fire station.
Step 2: Using a digital camera, the students take turns taking photos during their trip to the fire station.
Step 3: Download these photos into iPhoto or the PC software.
Step 4: Using iPhoto or the PC software, create a book about the trip to the fire station. Each student can write or dictate a sentence that describes his or her photo. If iPhoto or a digital camera is not available, use a 35mm camera to take pictures and then glue the photos into the book.
Step 5: As a thank-you to the firefighters for the tour of the fire station, give them a copy of the class book. I print the book for the fire station on high-gloss photo paper and bind it into a book.
- How well did the children participate and behave at the fire station?
- How many needed help using a camera?
- How many needed help writing?
- What was the most difficult part of this lesson?
- What was most successful?
- What would you change?
Teacher observation will assess student participation and behavior on the field trip. Students' comprehension can be evaluated using the sentence written about their fire station photo.