Teacher overview

Authors:
Dave Schuller, MN Department of Natural Resources
Tom Eiber, MN Department of Natural Resources
Sara E. Damon, Stillwater Area High School

General overview

Grades: 10-12
Subject: Human Geography

Overview of unit

In this unit, students will investigate the causes and effects of urban/wildland interface wildfires and use EPIC 2001 to analyze a community for fire-prone property by conducting GIS and Ground Assessments and compiling a Community Report.

Activities/procedures

Suggested Time Allowance

LessonTime allowance
Overall8-12 days
Causes and Effects of Wildfires1-2 days
Introduction to Firewise1 day
Introduction to GIS/EPIC 20011 day
GIS Assessment2-3 days
Ground Assessment1-5 days
Community Report2-3 days

Suggested background knowledge

Introduction to GIS

Academic Content Standards

Human Geography (partial)

Resources/Materials

Curriculum packet, PCs, EPIC 2001, GPS receivers, Field Trip funds

Vocabulary

wildfire, mind map, land use, demographics, urban/wildland interface, urban sprawl, Smart Growth, Metropolitan Council, MUSA, Department of Natural Resources, Firewise, DOQ, GIS

Evaluation/Assessment

Wildfire Cause and Effect Mind Map
GIS Assessment
Ground Assessment
Community Report

Extension activities

Interdisciplinary Connections

Forestry, Urban Planning, Mathematics, Computer Technology, Communications, Firefighting