Wildfire prevention teacher resources

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Elementary school: K–2

Smokey Bear Materials » Learn Smokey Bear's Five Rules for Wildfire Prevention! It's easy—simply integrate this exciting, hands-on program into your existing curriculum. This program aligns with National Education Standards » for English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

Smokey Bear Campfire checklist

Middle school: 6–8

Smokey Bear Materials » A complete language arts and science curriculum for grades 6-8. Students take on the role of forensic investigators in this program designed for the science/earth science classroom. The program will reinforce critical thinking, collaborative learning, and research skills in language arts, social studies, and health/safety.

jmpas logoHigh school: 9–12

Firewise Communities: Reducing the Risk of Wildfire » Students analyze their community for wildfire-prone property using aerial photos and geographic information system (GIS) software provided by the DNR.
This material is available for Minnesota educators only.

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Weather to burn coloring book » produced by Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact.

Smokey icon for appSmokey Bear Campfire App » With Smokey Bear's official mobile site and apps, you'll see step by step how to properly build and put out a campfire. Smokey Bear's campfire safety guide will help keep you, and others, safe when cooking and camping outdoors.

National Symbols Cache » Offer products featuring Smokey Bear, the national symbol for the prevention of wildfires, and Woodsy Owl , the national symbol for the promotion of conservation practices. In addition, they offer items that promote fire prevention education, conservation education, and Junior Ranger programs.

National Association Of State Foresters » Classic Smokey Bear posters to rulers and calendars, the NASF Store offers educational materials and products as part of our mission to sustain healthy trees and forests across America. Their materials support the essential conservation education and fire prevention efforts of teachers, foresters, fire departments, and other agencies and organizations.

Wisconsin's K–12 Wildland Fire Guide » This lesson guide focuses on the economic, social, and ecological implications of wildland fire in Wisconsin and includes one age-appropriate lesson for grade each unit (K–1, 2–3, 4, 5–6, 7–8, 9–12).

National Park Service Wildland Fire Lesson Plans » Lessons are meant to connect students with the management of public lands, help develop skills in issue analysis and problem solving, and educate about wildland fire. Topics include wildland urban interface, fire prevention measures, prescribed fire, and fire adaptations.

Mammoth Cave National Park Fire Curriculum » Lessons will educate students in grades 4–8 about fire and its role in the park. Topics include fire triangle, wildland firefighting, historical use of prescribed burns, fire adapted habits, fuel load sampling, estimation, meteorology, effects of weather on fire danger, and cost of wildland firefighting.

Sparky » Sparky teaches about fire safety, including escape routes, and smoke alarms. Features games and coloring pages.

Ready.gov » These multidisciplinary lessons teach what to do before, during, and after an emergency while fostering critical 21st-century skills such as problem solving, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and communication. Embedded with real-world connections.

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Materials listed below availability may vary, and new materials may also be available. Contact your local DNR Forestry office or DNR Information Center 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.

Please note: Wildfire prevention education materials are available for Minnesota educators only.

Smokey's Friends Wildfire Prevention Activity Cards

The activity cards are intended to raise children's awareness of basic wildfire prevention concepts by helping them understand that fire can be good or safe as well as bad or destructive depending on how it is used or controlled. Grades PreK–2 Download cards

Children's Fire Safety Activity Book

This activity book, available from the Smokey Bear program, is filled with photocopy-ready word games, mazes, and coloring sheets that focus on fire safety. Grades 1–3

Children's Fire Safety Coloring Book

This book teaches students Smokey Bear's five rules for fire prevention. Grades 1–3

Educational poster set

This set of 15 20" x 20" full-color posters from the Smokey Bear program help students with basic plant and animal identification while building an appreciation for the natural world. You may order up to five posters from the following series: State Trees, Animals, Footprints, Fungi, Fish, Lizards, Snakes, Insects, Flowers, Birds, Butterflies, and Nocturnal Animals. Grades K-5. View the posters.

Other classroom materials

The following Smokey Bear items are available in limited quantities for the classroom when lessons include fire safety and wildfire prevention messages:

  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Rulers
  • Stickers
  • Bookmark
  • Storybook
  • Coloring book
  • Coloring sheet

Materials available by contacting your local DNR forestry office.

  • Smokey Bear play with masks (limit one)
  • The story of Smokey Bear
  • Smokey Bear visits
  • Smokey and the backpack
  • Good fire/bad fire (large flash cards, limit one)