Burning Issues

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/burning-issues
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Canadian Forestry Association; Earth Science Week (ESW)
Summary:Students will become familiar with fire terminology, realize how fire can be used as a management tool, and better understand the factors that need to be considered when planning a prescribed burn. In this activity the students will form opinions around fire management issues. They will then work in small groups to get more information around the issues and make a more informed decision. These questions are designed to help students understand and explain different types of human perspectives related to fire management issues. They will formulate informed judgments about what they think would be the most responsible and appropriate actions to take. There are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers. Teachers are encouraged to have students do additional research so that decisions are based on the best factual information available.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS2-1; 5-ESS3-1; MS-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS3-2; MS-ESS3-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; earth science week; environment; middle school; pollution; waste management
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