Let's Learn About the Fire Station!
- Grades: 1–2
- Write about the fire station and fire safety.
- Take photographs.
- Create a page for the class book.
- Digital cameras or 35mm cameras
- Macintosh computer (9.2 or higher) or PC
- iPhoto software (Mac), software that comes with digital camera (PC)
Set Up and Prepare
- Earlier a trip was arranged to the 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.