Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - E07: Smoke from Wildland Fire: Just Hanging Around?
Course Type: FireWorks activities
Availability: Public access
Author(s): FireWorks Educational Program
Contact(s):
  • Ilana L. Abrahamson
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
  • Eva Masin
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
Date Created: June 28, 2017
Ongoing

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
air quality; human health; particulate matter (PM); visibility
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 14, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24519

Description

Lesson Overview: In this activity, students learn that smoke from wildland fires can either disperse readily or stick around, reducing visibility on the earth’s surface and making it difficult to breathe. Then they apply health guidelines regarding smoke to a very important question: Can Physical Education (PE) Class proceed with the scheduled 1-km run, or do we need to change plans?

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of smoke from wildland fires and its potential effects on human health.

Objectives:

  • Students can use information about air quality and visibility to recommend measures for protecting their own respiratory health and that of others.
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