If there’s something smoldering in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call?!? FireBusters—that’s who!
At the tail end of last week, the 1st grade got the opportunity to embark on an excursion to the Marunouchi Fire Station, where we were the guests of some of the brave and hardworking firefighters and paramedics of Matsumoto City.
The students continued their inquiry into all the different kinds of jobs people do by listening to our gracious hosts give a presentation about their work and the tools they use, along with an informative tour of their emergency vehicles. The students caught a glimpse into these important jobs, and learned a lot. They saw the ambulance gurney (and all the amazing ways it can contort itself), the pumper truck water hose and its specialized trigger nozzle, all of the gauges and controls that pump the water, and best of all, they got a chance to try on official firefighting gear—coats, helmets, and goggles!
Prior to our excursion, we prepared a number of questions to ask our hosts, and the students came up with some interesting queries, such as: “Why are ambulances white?” and “How do you know who the captain is? Is there a special helmet?” Their answers fascinated us!
When we returned to school, the 1st grade students worked on their reflections about the experience, and wrote about the parts they liked best.
In preparation for next week, we also began looking into responsibilities, specifically, how people have a responsibility to do their jobs. So we did some games in the classroom that highlighted this fact, with each student partaking in a particular task, and demonstrating a responsibility to perform that task. We also looked at some video clips of people working in a factory on an assembly line, where each individual was responsible for a certain job. We then watched a short clip from the T.V. show “I Love Lucy,” where Lucille Ball works in a chocolate factory wrapping candies on an assembly line. It was a great example, albeit a humorous one, of a person that WASN’T being overly responsible at their job (which we will try to avoid)! We all had a big laugh!
We are all looking forward to next week, and to creating our own assembly line–and to demonstrating responsibility for doing the jobs necessary to operate it!