FireWorks for the Sagebrush Ecosystem - M11: Adopting Organisms of the Sagebrush Ecosystem
Course Type: FireWorks activities
Availability: Public access
Author(s): FireWorks Educational Program
Date Created: 2018

Cataloging Information

  • biodiversity
  • community composition
  • succession
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Record Last Modified: November 18, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 25851


Overview: In this activity, students teach each other about some of the species that live in the sagebrush ecosystem. Each student “adopts” an organism, prepares a mask or costume, and presents his or her organism to the class. Students can use the essays in the FireWorks Encyclopedia: Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystem Field Guide to conduct research, and/or other sources. Each student presentation should address the ways the organisms are impacted by fire, both positive and negative.

Lesson Goals:

  • Students will deepen their understanding of ecological communities, ecosystems, and biodiversity by learning about some of the plants, animals, and fungi that live in the sagebrush ecosystem.
  • Students will understand that individual species have specific ways to survive fires.


  • Students will conduct research about an organism and create a mask, costume, or puppet to represent it.
  • Students will give a 3-to 5-minute presentation to the class that describes their organism, including its adaptions to the sagebrush ecosystem and its relationship to fire.