The materials provided in this section of the website are one means of connecting students with the management of public lands and helping them develop skills in issue analysis and problem solving. These materials are designed to supplement your existing curriculum and lesson plans. You are encouraged to regionalize your materials to help students understand that fire is an issue in their own backyards.
Applying Fire in Education
Fire is an interesting subject for students to explore; it is as common as a match and as complex as a high-rise building on fire. Because of familiarity, this everyday concept has the potential to become a superlative concept with strong possibilities for student interest and interaction.
Fire is an appropriate subject to be included in physical, biological and chemical science courses. Teachers working with students on value-clarification, social science and economic units also may find that wildland fire is an excellent mechanism to help explore these broad issues. Students involved in planning and performing a skit about wildfire or conducting a role-playing public hearing on fire management policies can be led by their teacher to explore a wide array of social, economic and biological issues that face society each day.
Wildland fire and similar conservation-related topics can bring together students' science, social studies, math, and language arts skills. This can provide a situation where students refine their problem-solving skills and explore what they value and believe. Out of these types of classroom explorations come students who understand conservation issues in the broadest sense of the term.