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Forest fire & forest density

Illustration of five stages of tree and root growth. Larger trees have increased density of roots.
Illustration of five stages of tree and root growth. Larger trees have increased density of roots.
Use a simple active game to explore the concept of how fire can spread quickly in a dry densely populated forest.

Grades K - 8
Biology/Ecology • Hydrology
Activity • Lesson Plan


Educational Objectives

  • Define the forest density, and how it is evaluated and managed.
  • Explain the differences amongst:
    • a wet year,
    • dry year, and,
    • a critically dry water year.
  • Explain the basic concepts of how a tree draws water up out of the soil in order to grow.
  • Describe the different places within a forest where water is stored.

Audience
K-12


Observatory: Sierra CZO

Author(s): Southern Sierra CZO

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Details for this Resource

In this activity, students can explore the concept of how fire can spread quickly in a dry densely populated forest. The students will be learning the meaning of density, the difference between wet year, dry year, and a critically dry year, and the basic concepts of how a tree draws water up out of the soil in order to grow.