Lesson Overview: Students read a Northern California Tribal story of how tribal members obtained fire as a resource and watch a video about modern cultural burning. Students discuss why fire is an important tool for the tribes and how they use it to manage the landscape. Students discuss their own relationships with fire, how they feel about fire, and why fire may be an important part of our landscape. This provides a baseline for discussing how our landscape is fire adapted and sets the context for how to talk about fire in a safe and supportive environment.
Lesson Goal: To give students a chance to understand their feelings about wildfire. To introduce the idea that people have been interacting with fire in California for a long time. To provide a base understanding that many tribes used fire as a tool for landscape management.
- Students can describe their feelings about fire in general and wildland fire.
- Students can describe the ways fire is important for local tribes in the past and present.