Smokey’s Wildfire Prevention Detectives

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.

Teacher & Activity Guides
Introduction to program objectives and components, along with activities for learning about wildfire and prevention methods.
Color PDF [6 pages]
Digital Whiteboard Activities
The Science Challenge and Training Course provide exciting interactive challenges to students that simultaneously educate them about how a wildfire starts, prevention, and firefighting tactics.
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Poster (Detective Skills Test)
Challenges students to test their Wildfire Detective Skills with three outdoor scenes depicting various fire-start methods.
Color PDF [1 page]

Smokey Campfire Safety Checklist
Color PDF [2 pages]
Color PDF [2 pages] - En Espanol
Activity Guide – En Espanol
Color PDF [4 pages]
Activity Resources
Color PDF [1 page]

Individual Activities

Use these math, science and language-arts based activities to teach students about wildfire prevention, healthy ecosystems, and campfire safety. This program aligns with National Education Standards for English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

Smokey Bear Activity Book
Various wildfire learning materials.
Black & White PDF [3 pages]
Smokey Bear Kids' Poster
Full-color poster – perfect for the classroom.
Color PDF [1 page]
Wildland Fire
Communicator's Guide

Detailed & deeply informative guide on the science and ecology of wildfires. Published by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group
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More Smokey Education Materials

US Forest Service
Visit the US Forest Service National Symbols Cache to purchase Smokey Bear wildfire prevention materials for your classroom. The site also contains Woodsy Owl conservation education materials.

National Association of State Foresters
Additional wildfire prevention educational materials/products are also available in the educational cache of the National Association of State Foresters.

Download Smokey’s Campfire Safety app HERE.

Curricular Areas/National Standards Alignment

This program aligns with the standards determined by McRel Environmental Education, North American Association for Environmental Education, and Common Core Standards. Please find more information on the curriculum’s standards alignment here.

McRel Environmental Education
Standard 12. Understands the nature of scientific inquiry

Level III (Grade 6-8)
   • Establishes relationships based on evidence and logical argument (e.g., provides causes for effects)
   • Evaluates the results of scientific investigations by examining evidence
   • Knows that investigations involve systematic observations and are carefully collected and relevant evidence

North American Association for Environmental Education
Grades 5-8
A. Processes that shape the Earth—Learners have a basic understanding of most of the physical processes that shape the Earth.
B. Changes in matter—Learners understand the properties of the substances that make up objects or materials found in the environment.
Competency [Activities 2, 3]

Strand 2.4—Environment and Society
Academic Proficiency

Grades 5-8
A. Human/environment interactions—Learners understand that human-caused changes have consequences for the immediate environment as well as for other places and future times.
Competency [Activities 2, 3, 4]
Strand 4—Personal and Civic Responsibility
Academic Proficiency
Grades 5-8A. Understanding societal values and principles—Evaluate the principle of stewardship as a shared societal value.

Common Core Standards
Science and Technical Subjects
RST.6-8.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
RST.6-8.7. Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

WHST.6-8.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Social Studies
RH.6-8.7. Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Speaking and Listening
SL.6-8.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
SL.6-8.5. Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.