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Fire Tag - A serious game about systems and ecosystems

Grade Levels
Not Grade Specific
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Pages
18 pages

Description

Fire Tag is a live-action ecosystem simulation for curious humans of all ages. It is both a game and an experiment. In Fire Tag, players take on one of four roles - Grass, Shrub, Fire, and Rain. Being both a game and a simulation, Fire Tag is also an experiment in landscape ecology. During the game proper, players learn basic ecological facts through play. During the post-game discussion, the game facilitator (a.k.a. Game Master, or GM) helps to highlight parallels between in-game patterns and real world landscapes. This helps players understand deeper issues in fire ecology, systems thinking, and scientific modeling - all while inspiring a love of science, nature, and learning.

Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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NGSS3-LS4-3
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Examples of evidence could include needs and characteristics of the organisms and habitats involved. The organisms and their habitat make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.
NGSSMS-LS2-4
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. Emphasis is on recognizing patterns in data and making warranted inferences about changes in populations, and on evaluating empirical evidence supporting arguments about changes to ecosystems.
NGSSMS-ESS3-4
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems. Examples of evidence include grade-appropriate databases on human populations and the rates of consumption of food and natural resources (such as freshwater, mineral, and energy). Examples of impacts can include changes to the appearance, composition, and structure of Earth’s systems as well as the rates at which they change. The consequences of increases in human populations and consumption of natural resources are described by science, but science does not make the decisions for the actions society takes.
NGSS3-LS4-4
Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change. Examples of environmental changes could include changes in land characteristics, water distribution, temperature, food, and other organisms. Assessment is limited to a single environmental change. Assessment does not include the greenhouse effect or climate change.
NGSSHS-LS2-6
Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. Examples of changes in ecosystem conditions could include modest biological or physical changes, such as moderate hunting or a seasonal flood; and, extreme changes, such as volcanic eruption or sea level rise.

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