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Taking a Stand: Pros and Cons of Forest Fires
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In this interactive and multi-disciplinary lesson, students learn about all aspects of forest fires: what they are, what causes them, how they affect the environment, and how it is used by man. Students will learn the answers to these questions by looking at a variety of data sources from real-time data to case studies. Along the way, they will record their findings in a project journal. Once students have completed their research, they will formulate their own opinions about the use of controlled burning, and also identify areas at-risk for forest fires. They will record this information in a well-written and researched email about the subject that will be sent to their appropriate state officials.

Grade Level: 7-12

Time Allotment: 6-7 class periods

Subject Matter: Ecology, Science, Language Arts, U.S. Geography

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • understand the components of fire
  • understand how forest fires impact man and the environment
  • analyze data in order to recognize areas that are at risk for forest fires
  • make recommendations based on research


National Standards:

Geography Standard
(http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/main.html)
  • 14 Students will understand how human actions modify the physical environment
Language Arts Standard
(http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/SubjectTopics.asp?subjectID=7)
  • 4 Students will gather and use information for research purposes
Technology Standard
(http://cnets.iste.org/index3.html)
  • 3a Students will use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity
  • 4a Students will use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas
  • 5a Students will use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources
This lesson was prepared by: Kim Brown



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