In this lesson, students learn how climate change is making wildfires worse in Oregon and across the globe and create a wildfire solution for prevention or preparation.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students brainstorm their relationship with fire, review data on wildfires in Oregon, and reflect on why wildfires are increasing in frequency in Oregon.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch two videos and make connections between climate change and wildfires.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students learn about climate refugees, research prevention and preparation strategies, and create a presentation to promote one of these strategies.
This lesson can be taught in a language arts class or a science class.
Students make a personal connection to fire before learning about climate change’s impact on wildfires.
Students promote a prevention or preparation strategy to share with their class, school, or community.
This lesson allows students to learn about the causes of wildfire and how they are induced by climate change. It also highlights locations at risk to wildfires in Oregon and ways students can develop tactics to promote effective management of wildfire events. The archival data on wildfires will enable them to interpret wildfire hotspots for contingency planning. This lesson is very engaging and is recommended for classroom use.
This lesson is aligned to Oregon standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.Discover more on the Oregon Climate Education Hub.