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Jamboard, PDF

Estimating Biomass Loss from a Large Fire: Student Activity

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  • In this mini-lesson/activity, students measure the biomass loss from a large fire in Greece using satellite images to show the damaged areas. 
  • Using a metric ruler, and metric conversion, students can estimate the percentage of the region lost to wildfires. 
Teaching Tips


  • This is a short activity that can be used as a warm-up, hook, or bellringer.
  • This activity allows students to practice math skills like measurement, percentages, and basic calculations.
Additional Prerequisites
  • Students will need metric rulers for this activity.
  • The Jamboard can be used virtually or printed to use as a worksheet.
  • Teachers can request access to the answer key via email.
Scientist Notes
This resource guides students to estimate and measure biomass loss from forest fire events. There is no contradiction in the NASA data and imageries. Hence, the resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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