LEAF K-12 Wildland Fire Guide
(6 classroom lessons)
This guide supplements the Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Lesson Guide. Ninety percent of all forest-related fires in Wisconsin are started by humans. Education is a key prevention tool to develop an informed and caring citizenry that will take action to prevent useless fires and who support the use of prescribed burning as a management tool.
The lesson guide focuses on the economic, social, and ecological implications of wildland fire in Wisconsin and includes one age-appropriate lesson for each LEAF Unit (K-1, 2-3, 4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12). The lessons teach processes and skills and include online resources.
Wildland Fire Guide Introduction
Wildland Fire Lessons Background
This background document will help you in understanding wildland fire and will contribute to enhancing the teaching of the Wildland Fire Lessons.
My Feelings About Fire
K-1st Grade Lesson: My Feelings about Fire | Subject Areas: Health, Visual Arts
In this lesson, students relate emotions to a variety of fire situations by gluing drawings that represent specific emotions on fire related pictures. Through group discussion, students identify safe and dangerous fire situations. Finally, students use drawings to identify responsible adults to talk to if they feel scared or recognize a dangerous fire condition.
SmokeyToons: A Look at Fire and Human Behavior
2nd-3rd Grade Lesson: SmokeyToons: A Look at Fire and Human Behavior | Subject Areas: English Language Arts, Health, Science,
In this lesson, students examine ashes from paper to describe the changes that fire can cause. They also learn the elements necessary for fire to exist by studying a burning candle. Students then distinguish the difference between good and bad fire situations and learn what they can do to prevent bad fire situations. In conclusion, students create a cartoon that conveys a fire prevention message.
The Peshtigo Theater Company Presents: The Life of Fire
4th Grade Lesson: The Peshtigo Theater Company Presents: The Life of Fire | Subject Areas: English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
In this lesson, students work together and act out scenes in a play about fire. Students collaborate in small groups to enhance the script by adding actor emotions, onstage activities, costumes, and scenery. Throughout the play, students learn about and discuss fire’s relationship to people and the environment, the history of fire in Wisconsin, and issues related to development in fire prone areas.
5th-6th Grade Lesson: In the Hot Seat: The Process and Science of Decision-making | Subject Areas: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
In this lesson, students work in groups to develop solutions to wildland fire dilemmas. They participate as a class in a mock town board meeting. Students work in small groups to create system diagrams that help them predict the consequences of legislation and develop more effective ways to resolve wildland fire issues.
5TH-6TH: In the Hot Seat: The Process and Science of Decision-making
7th-8th Grade Lesson: Natural Phenomena Investigators (NPI) | Subject Areas: Geography, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Natural Phenomena Investigators (NPI)
In this lesson, students work in teams and use primary data sources, such as weather data and an emergency radio traffic log, to investigate the Cottonville Fire. Using primary documents such as newspaper articles, students study how the fire was suppressed and evaluate successes and limitations to fighting the fire. To conclude, teams are given post-fire landowner dilemmas to discuss.
Wildland Fire Issues and Education
9th-12th Grade Lesson: Wildland Fire Issues and Education | Subject Areas: English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
In this lesson, students conduct research to determine the need for wildland fire education. Students learn about wildland fire issues in Wisconsin through reading a memo and conducting guided Internet research. They discuss and use the scientific method and public opinion surveys as a class. After creating and conducting a survey about wildland fire, the class analyzes the results and discusses their findings and the need for wildland fire education.
Wildland Fire Conceptual Guide
LEAF Conceptual Guide to K-12 Wildland Fire Education in Wisconsin
Purpose of the Conceptual Guide:
- Identify and present concepts educators can convey to students to help them understand wildland fire in Wisconsin.
- Guide educators as they incorporate wildland fire education into their curricula and help them meet the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards.
- Direct the development of LEAF wildland fire educational materials.
- Serve as a framework for other wildland fire education efforts in Wisconsin.