Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - E08: Who Lives Here? Adopting a Plant, Animal, or Fungus
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: November 17, 2016
Ongoing

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
animals; biodiversity; chaparral; fungi; plants
Region(s):
Partner Site(s):
Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 14, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24520

Description

Overview: This activity introduces a suite of organisms that live in forests and shrublands (chaparral) of the Sierra Nevada. Each student “adopts” an organism, learns about its characteristics and its relationship to fire, and gives a 1- to 2-minute presentation on it to the class - complete with a mask, costume, or puppet (alternative ways to present the information: poster, computer presentation, written abstract).

Goal: Increase students’ understanding of ecological communities and biodiversity by learning about some of the plants, animals, and fungi that live in forests and shrublands of the Sierra Nevada.

Objectives:

  • Students can prepare a mask, costume, or puppet (or use other media) and then give a 1- to 2-minute presentation to the class that describes the biology of their “character” and its relationship to fire.
  • Students can recognize several characteristics of organisms: their kingdom, family or life-form, way(s) of obtaining energy, and typical responses to fire.