"This book explores the roles and responsibilities, daily activities, equipment, training and important personal qualities that a firefighter requires to do their job. It is part of a series inspired by people who demonstrate amazing contributions and commitment to our communities and aims to foster respect and understanding for those that help and protect us. Young students are encouraged to think about their own rights and responsibilities, and how they can be an 'everyday hero'."
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Firefighters (2012) By Brendan Gallagher & Debbie Gallagher
Although this children's book (aimed at years 5-8) may be an easier read for children in a stage 2 classroom, it does effectively portray the life of a firefighter as well as building up respect for the men and women who do this brave job. The reason for including this book is that it give a great introduction into firefighters and the contributions they make in the community.
Teaching Idea: Teachers can have a guided reading session with their class using this book. During this reading teachers are to ask the class questions about the book and about what prior knowledge students have about firefighters already. After, the class can together discuss why they believe firefighters are a valuable asset to the community (how do they help?). Teachers should facilitate the discussion by imputing new ideas, as some students may not know the other roles firefighters play in the community like rescuing people in floods, etc. Make it explicit that firefighters are a "paid workers" that positively contribute to the community in many ways. Ask students if they can think of any other paid workers that help the community like firefighters do (don't forget to talk about unpaid workers too!). They are then to compose a short PowerPoint presentation at home about three different 'paid' occupations that contribute to society and one 'unpaid' (e.g. surf lifesavers) to be assessed by the teacher.
Link to relevant theory: The reasoning behind having a guided reading session specifically is because "it "enable[s] the teacher to support and guide the students as they work to read the text, to solve any words they don't know, and to focus on the text's meaning" (Winch, 2010, p. 152);. Also, the teacher's questioning of students throughout the reading of the book will enhance students' reading and literacy skills while they gain an understanding of the message of the text; as Winch (2010) states " questioning helps students draw on what they already know" (p. 152).
Gallagher, B., & Gallagher, D. (2012). Firefighters. South Yarra, Vic: Macmillan Education Australia.
Winch, G. (2010). Literacy: Reading, writing and children's literature (4th ed.). South Melbourne: Oxford University.