FireWorks for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Northern Cascades - E08-1: What's a Community?
Course Type: FireWorks activities
Availability: Public access
Author(s): FireWorks Educational Program
  • Ilana L. Abrahamson
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
Date Created: December 22, 2017

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  • community
  • ecosystem
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Record Last Modified: February 17, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 25525


Lesson Overview: In this activity, students learn about the nature of biological communities. This concept is important to the science of wildland fire because fire behavior, fire history, fire effects, and even management of fire depend on what plant communities are burned.

Lesson Goal: Students can describe what they know about human communities and use this knowledge to understand the nature of a biological community.


  • Students can discuss the nature of a community.
  • Students can distinguish between a biological community and an ecosystem.
  • Given a feltboard model of a specific forest community, students can name the members of that community and sketch members of their other forest communities.
  • Students can sketch or list parts of an ecosystem that are not part of a community.
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