Brainstorm Subject Area to California Fire Data
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Subject AreaGrade LevelLearning ObjectiveUpgrade to include the real data from the California FiresContributorTwitter
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Biology/LIfe Science8-12Air quality and the respiratory systemStudents will use the map of the California wildfires to investigate air quality in various regions and determine which particles affect the air quality index(AQI) level and how that affects humans respiratory systems. example "Why my football playoff game was postponed?"Marcia Carrillo@MarciaMentorchoiceboardhttps://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=aqi_brochure.indexhttps://www.kqed.org/science/1930023/map-heres-your-daily-air-quality-report-for-the-bay-area
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Biology/LIfe Science6 - 12Diversity of Life/Plant evolutionMany conifer cones must be exposed to high temperatures in order to germinate, meaning that forest fires are necessary for new generations of trees to grow. The map can be used along with plant growth data to predict how long it will take the area to be reforested. The rate at which the fires occur and area of spreading of wildfires can be used to explain one reason why it takes these plants so long to evolve.Alicia Motter@aliciamotter
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Math4th GradeCalculate areaUse the map of California wildfires to determine where in the state is on fire. Discuss your strategy for calculating the area of land covered by wildfires in California. Using the map data, calculate the area. Alice Keeler@alicekeeler
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Social Studies4th GradeUse appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools such as maps to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.Student use a digital publishing/creativity tool to create a physical map of California. They will use the different tools to show the geographic regions and the fire damage in the state.Ulana Korovec@UlanaKorovechttps://twitter.com/WestElemTech/status/988856352922652679https://creativeeducator.tech4learning.com/v01/lessons/Map_It_with_Pixie
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Spanish6-12th GradeUsing Spanish vocabulary, describe objectives in relation to other objects. Use descriptive vocabulary to describe a map. Use the map to describe, in Spanish, the map. How are the fires impacting the Hispanic communities in California? What are some ways we could provide support or help to the victims of the fire? Alice Keeler@alicekeeler
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English 6-12th gradeUse appropriate resources and data sources to interpret information. Write a proposal to the federal government concering wildlife prevention using the data to discuss the areas that were most affected. @reaveshsela
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Math6th GradeCalculate percentagesUse the map of California wildfires to calculate percentages. What would you find a percentage of and why? How would you calculate the percentage to answer your own question?
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HistoryWhat have been some famous fires in history and how have they impacted historical events or the culture? What impact do you think the California fires may have on California policy making, culture, etc...?Alice Keeler@alicekeeler
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Physical Science6th - 12thCalculate Velocity & AccelerationUse the map of California wildfires to calculate velocity and acceleration of spreading. For high school, plot vectors using the map and determine the direction of spreading. For calculus corequesite, combine with the calculus lesson and use displacement to derive velocity and acceleration. Plot graphs and compare patterns. What does it mean about how the fires are moving? Talk about causes of motion and Force of wind.Alicia Motter@aliciamotter
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Earth Science6th - 12thWinds and landscapesUse the map of California wildfires to track velocity and direction, determine areas of high and low pressure air masses based on the direction of wildfire spreading. Correlate with Google Maps or Google Earth topographic map to link wildfire spreading to landscape, or man made infrastructure. Talk about natural resources and conservation and fire safety, reforestation and whether the carbon emissions from the fire contribute to global warming (probably not since trees are a short term sink for carbon as opposed to fossil fuel sources).Alicia Motter@aliciamotter
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Calculus11th - 12thRates of spreadingUse perimeters to derive the area devastated by wildfires. Or vice versa, use the area to calculate the integral and compare to the measured perimeter. Compare to the number reported by the wildfire tracker. This is way better than referring to a sphere or a cone.Alicia Motter@aliciamotter
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Chemistry10th - 12thAlkalinityPotassium carbonate and calcium carbonate are products of wood fires (wood ash). They cause the soil in areas of wildfires to become alkaline. Approximate the volume of wood burned in one of the fires based on the reported fire perimeters on the map and combine with native plant data to determine the change in alkalinity of the soil based on the area of coverage. Alicia Motter@aliciamotter
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Environmental Science10th - 12thAlkalinity, water chemistry, ecosystems, landscapesUse the alkalinity data and combine with rainfall data to estimate the amount of runoff into bodies of water and seepage into ground water. Research native species of fish and ground dwelling animals to determine the effect of the alkalinty on ecosystems.Alicia Motter@aliciamotter
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