Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - E13-1: My Tree Autobiography: Seeing History through Trees' Growth Rings
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):
fire scar; growth ring
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 14, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24529

Description

Lesson Overview: In this activity, students examine a fire-scarred tree cross section (sometimes called a “tree cookie”) and a display that shows tree growth rings. Then they record their own personal histories using growth rings as a metaphor.

Lesson Goal: Students will understand how growth rings form and how they record a tree’s history.

Objective:

  • Students understand how tree growth rings are formed well enough to sketch their own histories using personal “growth rings”- one ring for each year of their lives.