How to use a gas mask
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The teacher Mr Ken from Knightswood Primary School in Glasgow shows his primary class how to fit their gas masks properly. Filmed between April and June 1940, the film shows how pupils should respond calmly to a gas attack. The captions between the clips describe the correct procedure to follow in the event of an air raid.
Questions & Activities
- Why is the film so long?
- Why are the children practicing putting on gas masks?
- Does a gas mask look comfortable?
- Where do we normally see emergency procedure demonstrations today?
- Do you think being a child in WWII would have been exciting or scary?
- Why did the children need to wipe the moisture out of their masks after use?
Write a precise descriptive narration to accompany this educational film gas mask demonstration.
Find out how gas masks work and how they protect the wearer from inhaling gas.
Organise a gas attack drill as part of your WWII day. This could be combined with other activities shown in related ARP clips in this collection.
Write a senses poem about being involved in an air raid on a British city.
|Resource Rights Holder||National Library of Scotland|
|Genre||Documentary, Drama Doc, Educational|
|School Subject||History, Standard Grade History, Intermediate History, Social History, English, Science, Technologies, Art and Design|
|Subject Matter||Community involvement, Citizenship, Education, World War 2|
|Who||Stanley L. Russell (director)|
|Event||World War II|
|Attributes||Black and White, Silent|