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FireWorks educational program and its effectivenessAuthor(s): Jane Kapler Smith; Nancy E. McMurray
Source: In: Engstrom, R. T.; Galley, K. E. M.; de Groot, W. J., eds. Proceedings of the 22nd Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: Fire in temperate, boreal, and montane ecosystems; 2001 October 15-18; Kananaskis Village, Alberta, Canada. Tallahassee, FL: Tall Timbers Research Station. p. 231-235.
Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionFireWorks is an educational program that provides interactive, hands-on activities for studying fire behavior, fire ecology, and human influences on three fire-dependent forest types-ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), interior lodgepolepine (P. contorta var.latifolia), and whitebark pine (P. albicaulis). Wildland fire provides a rich context for education because it promotes understanding and integration of numerous concepts: properties of matter, ecosystem fluctuations and cycles, plant and animal habitat and survival, and human interactions with ecosystems. The FireWorks curriculum uses a variety of learning styles and skills, including language and mathematics, to cover science and social studies content. The curriculum is linked to national and local educational standards. Research has shown that it increases understanding of wildland fire for both students and adults.
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CitationSmith, Jane Kapler; McMurray, Nancy E. 2004. FireWorks educational program and its effectiveness. In: Engstrom, R. T.; Galley, K. E. M.; de Groot, W. J., eds. Proceedings of the 22nd Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: Fire in temperate, boreal, and montane ecosystems; 2001 October 15-18; Kananaskis Village, Alberta, Canada. Tallahassee, FL: Tall Timbers Research Station. p. 231-235.
Keywordshands-on learning, curriculum, K-12, education, fire behavior, fire ecology, teaching
- FireWorks curriculum featuring ponderosa, lodgepole, and whitebark pine forests
- A historical overview
- Ecology of southwestern ponderosa pine forests
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