FireWorks for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Northern Cascades - E12: Buried Treasures: Underground Parts that Help Plants Survive Fire
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: February 1, 2018

Cataloging Information

  • fire survival
  • plants
  • post-fire recovery
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Record Last Modified: February 17, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 25737


Lesson Overview: Students look at specimens of 9 plant species - grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs - and examine their underground parts. They learn how these parts enable the plants to survive and/or reproduce after fire.

Lesson Goal: To increase students’ understanding that many plants have underground plant parts that enable them to survive wildland fire and/or reproduce successfully after fire.

Objective: Given an opportunity to study, draw, and discuss the underground parts of botanical specimens:

  • Students can draw an imaginary plant that contains at least two kinds of underground parts that enable it to survive wildland fire and/or reproduce afterward.
  • Students can explain how the underground parts of their imaginary plants allow them to survive fire and/or reproduce afterward.
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