FireWorks for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Northern Cascades - H14: Researching a Plant, Animal, or Fungus
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: July 16, 2018

Cataloging Information

  • animals
  • fire adaptations
  • fire regimes
  • fungus
  • plants
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Record Last Modified: February 10, 2023
FRAMES Record Number: 56189


Lesson Overview: Each student selects a plant, animal, or fungus to study. He/she writes a research paper on this species and shares the results with the class in a multimedia presentation . During presentations, classmates take notes to be used later for an open-note book quiz.

Lesson Goals:

  • Increase students’ understanding of how species living in the northern Rocky Mountains and North Cascades survive and even thrive in an environment that includes wildland fire.
  • Increase students’ understanding that species may be adapted to specific fire regimes.


  • Students will become well informed on the fire ecology of one species in the northern Rockies and North Cascades, as demonstrated by a research paper and presentation.
  • Students can describe adaptations to fire for several species and predict the potential consequences of fire exclusion for these species.
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