Fire Ecology on the Rim

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An engaging unit on wildfires includes three sections, including a background section with eight lessons and five activities, a field experience section with 13 lessons and five activities, and a conclusion section featuring an analysis and extensions ideas. All lessons and activities focus on the benefits to fire in an ecosystem, specifically the Grand Canyon.   

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Instructional Ideas

  • If possible, begin the unit before a field trip to the Grand Canyon; if that trip is not possible, any wildlife area that uses controlled fires would be beneficial
Classroom Considerations

  • Follow all safety procedures including close supervision and constant access to a class-A fire extinguisher
  • Background section does not require going into the field and can be done from anywhere
Pros

  • Includes a field glossary
  • Provides extension activities including four lessons, three activities, and a game
  • Contains example worksheet answers
Cons

  • None