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Author

Paul Tobin and David Hahn

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts

Resource Type

  • Digital Text, 16 pages

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon

Format

PDF

Without Warning! Wildfire Comic Book

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Synopsis
  • This digital comic book is an engaging tool for teaching students about the dangers of wildfires and how they can be prevented. 
  • Students will learn about just how quickly wildfires can begin, how wildfires impact ecosystems, and what people can do to prevent wildfires.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This comic book is relatable for students and provides a great overview of what it might be like to be caught up in a wildfire. 
  • Students will enjoy the comic style of the writing and the images included in the book.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be comfortable reading graphic novels or comics. If this is a new genre, be sure to go over how to read each cell on a page.

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in health classes that are considering how wildfires impact human health, or in social studies classes that are learning about governmental responses to wildfires. 
  • This resource would make a great read-aloud for a whole-class activity. It would also be an impactful resource in a text-set about wildfires, made available to students learning about forests and wildfires.
  • After reading, have students create comic-style posters about wildfire prevention. There are several online tools available to create comics, which would be well suited to this resource. 
  • Use this as a hook for lessons about wildfire ecology, natural fires, and the main causes of wildfires today.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a comic book from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. The story follows two campers enjoying the outdoors. Other campers inadvertently leave a campfire still smoldering and the rest of the story revolves around the outcome of that one spark that escaped the campfire. This comic book would be a great addition to a classroom discussion about fire safety and personal responsibility.
Standards

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  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • RL.6.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
      • RL.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
      • RL.11-12.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • RL.11-12.5 Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6. Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
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