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Wildfires: Teachers

Teacher Resources


Taking a Stand: Pros and Cons of Forest Fires. In this interactive and multi-disciplinary lesson from WNET, students learn about all aspects of forest fires — what they are, what causes them, how they affect the environment, and how fires are used by man.

FireWorks Educational Program from the Rocky Mountain Research Station Fire Sciences Lab. Lots of fire-related research and other information available. The topic of wildland fires provides a rich context for education because it promotes understanding and integration of numerous concepts — properties of matter, ecosystem fluctuations and cycles, plant and animal habitat and survival, and human interactions with ecosystems. For grades 1-10.

Forest fire

Excellent background information about fire science and wildfire causes, effects, and behavior can be found at United States Geological Survey, United States Forest Service, and selected science sites.

See the Smokey Bear curriculum for educators, with two sets of lesson plans for teachers of primary (K-2) and middle (4-8) grades, aligned with national standards. The emphasis is on fire investigation, with resources and interactive digital whiteboard activities included.

A person fighting a forest fire

The Natural Inquirer is a journal of science education material for K-12 teachers and students, produced by the USDA Forest Service. Two of its volumes are dedicated specifically to wildland fire science, with articles, exploration activities, lesson plans, and scientists discussing their jobs.

NOVA offers a teacher's guide that addresses wildland fire combustion, human interaction with wildfire, and wildland firefighting.

Wildfire Education has a wealth of resources for teacher and links to educational sites.

View a complete lesson plan on forest fires with adaptations for younger students.

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