Tree-rings and Forest Fire Ecology Lesson Plans & Teaching Videos

Teacher Designed Lesson Plans & videos for 4th grade to High School Educators on Fire Ecology, Climate, and Dendrochronology

(Sponsored by the following NSF projects: Jemez FHiRE Project & Monsoon Macrosystem Project.)
These lessons and videos are the result of Teacher Workshops, visits to the Valles Caldera reserach site in New Mexico, and a Summer Camp for middle school girls, offered at different times the summers of  2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 and led by participant teachers. Lessons designed covered topics on dendrochronology (Tree-rings), fire ecology, and/or climate. 

View Lessons Designed by our teacher participants.

View Videos created by our teacher participants.


CSI: Catastrophe Science Investigators - Investigating Forest Fires and Climate

(Sponsored by the following NSF projects: Jemez FHiRE Project & Monsoon Macrosystem Project.)
This summer camp introduced middles school girls to the investigative process. They were tasked with researching how forest fires occur, why they are so big, and what can be done to address this problem. The girls were asked to create a video elaborating on their learning path.  Check out their Investigative Case File and week-long schedule and featured video projects. 
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Check out this cool interactive website from the National Climate Assessment group to learn more about climate change impacts:

Project activities with our educator partners in Jemez Pueblo. 

In April 2013, Walatowa High School students visited the UA to learn more about Dendrochronology and Climate Modeling. Read more.

In August 2013, Walatowa High School hosted a Jemez Pueblo community forum and invited our researchers to present about the work taking place in Jemez.