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Field Trip to the Fire Station

Collect, organize, and graph data after a visit to a fire station.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Read a fire safety book to the class or show a video. Students find out about fire safety celebrations such as May 4, International Firefighters' Day, which firefighter Julie-Jane Edmondson from Clyde, Victoria, Australia, started. Plan a visit to the local fire station.
    2. Ask students what they might see at a fire station. Identify important firefighting equipment to graph. Students write the name of each item on an index card with Crayola® Markers.
    3. Draw small fire trucks, ambulances, ladders, or other equipment using Crayola Construction Paper Crayons, Crayola Scissors, and index cards or construction paper.
    4. Post index card graph labels in a column on a bulletin board or large piece of poster board. Students predict how many of each item they will see at the fire station. Attach equipment pictures behind each label with clear adhesive tape to represent the predictions.
    5. As a class, visit a local fire station. Have students count the pieces of equipment they see and tfalk with firefighters about their work. Who else works at the fire station? Collect data for the graph on paper with Crayola Colored Pencils. Students sketch equipment to help them remember details.
    6. After the visit, students compare their data with the predictions. Students review what they learned about the equipment and the job of fire rescue teams. Draw more detailed picture labels with crayons to replace the written graph labels. Students include specific things they remember about the equipment they saw.
    7. On a large piece of construction paper, students assemble the graph to reflect the data they collected about the firefighting equipment. Attach labels and equipment with Crayola Glue Sticks. Design a title for the graph and add it at the top.
  • Standards

    LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

    LA: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting or plot.

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding word s.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.

    LA: With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    MATH: Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: The Firehouse Light by Janet Nolan; Big Frank's Fire Truck by Leslie McGuire; Curious George and the Firefighters by H. A. Rey

    Organize a field trip to a local fire station for students. Prior to the trip, students brainstorm what they believe they will see and compose questions for the firemen. After the trip, students post learning to a class blog.

    If a trip to the fire house is not possible, invite a local firefighter to meet with students and speak about his profession. Prior to the visit, students develop questions. After the meeting, students share their learning in small groups.

    Students prepare a list of materials and equipment they believe they will see at the fire station. Prepare a chart for students to keep track of the equipment they see. This chart will be used to create the graph upon returning to school.

    Using a recycled appliance box, students create a fire truck. Encourage students to include details of what was seen in the fire house to paint on the fire truck


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