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Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
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In this lesson, students make personal connections to fire, understand how climate change is making wildfires worse in Oregon and across the globe, and create a wildfire solution presentation to promote a prevention or preparation strategy.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students brainstorm their relationship with fire, review data on wildfires in Oregon, and reflect on why wildfires are increasing in frequency in Oregon.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch two videos and make connections between climate change and wildfires.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students learn about climate refugees, research prevention and preparation strategies, and create a presentation to promote one of these strategies.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Create and interpret a timeline or histogram from historical data.
  • Create a learning poster using evidence and data.
  • Work collaboratively with peers and effectively listen to others.
  • Draw conclusions from data and evidence.

This lesson is aligned to Oregon standards.

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Wildfire Project Ideas _ Lesson Plan _ Worksheets _ Gr. 6-8.pdf

Lesson Plan
September 6, 2023
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