Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - H14: Researching 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: August 21, 2017
Ongoing

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
animals; biodiversity; fire regimes; fungi; montane forests; plants
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: September 8, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24642

Description

Lesson Overview: Students will each be assigned a plant, animal, or fungus to research. They will write a research paper on their species and present their findings. During presentations, classmates will take notes to be used later for an open-notebook quiz.

Lesson Goals:

  • Increase students’ understanding of how species living in the Sierra Nevada survive and even thrive in an environment that includes wildland fire.
  • Increase students’ understanding that species’ adaptations to fire are attuned to specific kinds of fire.

Objectives:

  • Students will become well informed on the fire ecology of at least one species in the Sierra Nevada, as demonstrated by a research paper and presentation to the class.
  • Students can distinguish different kinds of fire (severity and frequency) and identify a few species adapted to each kind.
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