Lesson Overview: Students will learn that trees can sometimes survive fire. They will create a human model that demonstrates how trees survive fire and how fire scars form. Then they will describe the fire history of cross sections (“tree cookies”) from fire -scarred trees.
Lesson Goal: To increase students' understanding of how trees can survive fires, that some trees survive many fires, and that there can be a lot of variety in the fire scar record among trees within a forest.
- Students can identify a fire scar on a tree cookie.
- Students can recognize variety in trees’ fire histories give some reasons for variation.