Smokey’s Wildfire Prevention DetectivesA 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.
Individual ActivitiesUse 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.
More Smokey Education MaterialsUS 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 AlignmentThis 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
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
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
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.
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.