This is a link to a simulation I developed with the Arizona Geographic Alliance. It is centered around a simulation of the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire in Arizona. Until the Wallow fire, it was the largest fire in Arizona history, and communities learned a lot about how to prepare for wildfires. After the simulation students write about something they feel the communities could do to prepare for the next fire, using the lessons they learn in the simulation.
The actual mini-unit on their site includes a complex two-phase simulation of the Rodeo-Chediski fire in Arizona in 2002, and includes pre-simulation activities to familiarize students with the geography of the area and the beginnings of the crisis. Students take notes in various formats throughout the lesson. The lesson includes vocabulary words, vocabulary flashcards, and adaptations for English Language Learners, and a link to a Story Map about the fire.
The summative assessment includes a simple vocabulary quiz as well as a writing assignment that shows students' understanding of what communities must consider in preparing for an emergency.
The lesson is focused on Arizona standards for 7th grade ELA, Science and Social Studies, which are closely based on Common Core standards.
I thought I would include it as a free resource here, since I am really proud of the work I did and I would like more teachers to be aware of the plethora of wonderful geography activities on the AZGA site!