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Event-Based Science is a new way to teach middle school science. It is an award-winning, standards-based program in which newsworthy events establish the relevance of science topics; authentic tasks create the need-to-know more about those topics; and lively interviews, photographs, Web pages, and inquiry-based science activities create a desire to know more about those topics.

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Fire! is an Event-Based Science module about the nature of fire. Fire! uses the fires that struck Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 1988 to establish the context for exploring concepts related to the chemical nature of fire and the role of fire in nature. The task in Fire! places students in the roles of fire experts who are designing an environmental-education camp. Students will acquire then use their knowledge of the components of fire, fire-retardant materials, extinguishing and escaping fire, factors that influence the spread of forest fires, and regrowth following a forest fire.

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As with all Event-Based Science modules, much of the information that students need is provided in the pages of Fire!. However, more information is needed. Information about current fires will add to the authenticity of your study. Information about real environmental camps will also add to the authenticity of their products.

Below are some World-Wide Web sites where additional information is available. Click on the highlighted words and be linked with helpful sites.

Montana Fire

This great picture was taken in Bitterroot National Forest in Montana on August 6, 2000. The photographer, John McColgan, is a fire behavior analyst from Fairbanks, Alaska. Because he was working at the time he took the picture he cannot profit from it; however, he feels the picture is a once-in-a-lifetime shot and should be shared.

Fire! Resources

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Special Letter to Send Home to Parents

Fire! has one remote-sensing activity sponsored by NASA.

Correction Alert

On page 10 of the Student Edition of Fire! there is an error. There are some extraneous words that appear inside the "fire triangle" diagram in column one. The words "is poisonous because it" DO NOT BELONG.

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Links to Fire! related WEB Sites
(Links are checked monthly. They were working on the day of the last update.)

  • Jennings Environmental Education Center Jennings offers a full range of educational programs. A unique attraction at the center is its relict prairie, which includes the spectacular and well-known prairie flower, the blazing star. The relict prairie ecosystem is rare in Pennsylvania.
  • The Periodic Table of the Elements from ChemiCool An up-to-date periodic table with detailed but easy to understand information. The site also has a Chemistry Dictionary, Chemistry Tools, Resources.
  • Combustion A TELS (Total Engagement Learning System) activity on equation balancing.
  • Yellowstone National Park Fire


Western Wildfires a CBS Video

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