Fire Ecology

1 Class Period

Plant growing out of ashes.


How has California’s ecosystems adapted to the amount of fires it gets? What is biodiversity? In this class, students will learn about how fires can affect the environment, what a “fire follower” is, and how to interact safely with fire in the outdoors.

Educational Standards

NGSS 4-ESS2-1:

Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.


Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.


Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.


Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.


Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

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