FireWorks for the Missouri River Country - 7-1: In the Web
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 14, 2018

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  • forest communities
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Record Last Modified: February 17, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 56192


Forest communities survive and thrive because energy flows into and through them, beginning with sunlight and eventually reaching every inhabitant, and also because every organism finds shelter somewhere in the environment. Sometimes shelter is found inside another organism!

In this activity, students individually research 30 kinds of living things that occur in the broad expanse of the Missouri River drainage. Each student “adopts” an organism or a group of organisms from the FireWorks Notebook, learns about its life history and fire ecology, and uses what is learned to build a living model of a resource web.

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