Minnesota Firewise in the Classroom Distant Learning Curriculum
The Minnesota DNR Firewise in the Classroom curriculum has been updated. Version 3 of the curriculum is delivered via the web. Firewise in the Classroomintroduces students to Geographic Information Technology (GIT) through a series of lessons that show students how to use GIT to develop fire risk data that can be used by their communities. Since the lessons are on the web teachers and students can work independently from home. Students conduct a traditional Level 1 fire risk assessment of homes in assigned sections using an ArcGIS application developed by DNR. DNR Firewise specialists will run GIS analysis on the Level 1 fire risk data to produce Density Surface Model Maps. Rural Fire Districts use "High Risk" DSM maps to educate home owners of the wildfire risks.
Firewise in the Classroom is administered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Fire and Emergency New Zeland (FENZ) has developed a new set of Firewise resources for teachers. Click on:Get Firewise to access new Firewise Lessons, videos and resources that are free.
West Virginia Firewise in the Classroom
West Virginia Firewise in the Classroom is modeled after Minnesota's Firewise in the Classroom curriculum. GIS 4 Schools developed an interactive GIS application that allows students at any school in West Virginia conduct a Geographic analysis of the risk of wildfire in their community. With the assistance of GIS 4 Schools, students at Hedgesville High School have completed over 2000 Level 1 Risk Assessments in five communities in West Virginia and have taken five field trips to The Woods Resort to assess homes in Sections identified as “High Risk” areas. In all over 700 Level 2 Wildfire Hazard Assessments have been completed.
A complete language arts and science curriculum for grades 6-8. Students take on the role of forensic investigators in this program designed for the science/earth science classroom. The program will reinforce critical thinking, collaborative learning, and research skills in language arts, social studies, and health/safety
Elementary School: K–2
Smokey Bear MaterialsLearn Smokey Bear's Five Rules for Wildfire Prevention! It's easy—simply integrate this exciting, hands-on program into your existing curriculum. This program aligns with National Education Standards for English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.Wildfire prevention school program »Designed for grades preK–6. Each grade level contains three lessons that include background information, activities, and resources.
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Classic Smokey Bear posters to rulers and calendars, the NASF Store offers educational materials and products as part of our mission to sustain healthy trees and forests across America. Their materials support the essential conservation education and fire prevention efforts of teachers, foresters, fire departments, and other agencies and organizations.
Lessons are meant to connect students with the management of public lands, help develop skills in issue analysis and problem solving, and educate about wildland fire. Topics include wildland urban interface, fire prevention measures, prescribed fire, and fire adaptations.
Lessons will educate students in grades 4–8 about fire and its role in the park. Topics include fire triangle, wildland firefighting, historical use of prescribed burns, fire adapted habits, fuel load sampling, estimation, meteorology, effects of weather on fire danger, and cost of wildland firefighting.
These multidisciplinary lessons teach what to do before, during, and after an emergency while fostering critical 21st-century skills such as problem solving, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and communication. Embedded with real-world connections.
Smokey Bear Education Materials Available Through DNR: K–5