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482 reviewed resources for volcanic eruptions

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Volcanoes: USGS Geography

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students research volcanoes. For this volcanoes unit, students examine components of a volcano, how it is created, what causes it to erupt, and the results of an eruption. There are a series of 6 lessons included in this unit. Students...
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Volcanoes: Third Grade Lessons Plans and Activities

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Discover how rocks are formed from volcanoes during a geology pre-lab activity. Third graders describe the volcanic rock samples and creating a model of Mt. Lassen, located in California. The lesson culminates in a discussion about how...
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Quantifying Land Changes Over Time Using Landsat

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Humans have become a geologic agent comparable to erosion and [volcanic] eruptions ..." Paul J. Crutzen, a Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist. Using Landsat imagery, scholars create a grid showing land use type, such as urban,...
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Make Your Own Volcano!

For Students 3rd - 6th
Make a volcano erupt in your own classroom! Young scientists use household and craft materials to model and simulate the eruption of a volcano.
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Intrusive and Extrusive Igneous Rocks

For Students 6th - 12th
Check out a resource that's erupting with engaging material! Earth science scholars discover how igneous rocks form in a well-rounded interactive. They manipulate the cooling time of lava to watch crystals form, learn visual...
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Science Is A Volcanic Eruption!

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students create a volcano and watch it erupt.
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Volcanoes: Kindergarten Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers K Standards
In the pre-lab, kindergarteners mimic the movements of the eruption of a volcano and discover various volcanoes around the United States. Then, pupils sort different types of volcanic rocks in the lab before learning how volcanoes grow...
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The Impact Volcanic Eruptions

For Students 4th - 5th
In this volcanic eruptions worksheet, students research two volcanoes that have had their eruptions documented. Students thoroughly explain the volcano name, date of eruption, location of volcano, environmental effects, and human impacts.
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Plate Tectonics: Movin' and Shakin'

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students are introduced to the causes of plate movements and the hazards they present. They plot the location of 50 earthquakes and 50 volcanic eruptions on a map and explore the relationships between plate tectonics, earthquakes, and...
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Understanding Lava Layers

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders view "Volcano" by National Geographic Video. They experiment with baking soda and study lava flow. They describe volcano and earthquake patterns. They analyze weather and climate changes and how they relate to the natural...
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Volcanoes!: The Mountain Blows its Top

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students observe two demonstrations to conclude why bulge developed on the north flank of Mount St. Helens and conclude that when the "cap" was removed the pressure inside the volcano was suddenly released causing the violent eruption.
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Volcanoes Magma Rising

For Students 6th - 12th
New ReviewGet ready for an explosive lesson! Learners read and interact with an online lesson describing the characteristics of volcanoes. They study specific historical volcanoes as well as the science of volcanic eruptions using animations and...
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The Eruption of Mount Pinatubo

For Students 6th - 9th
In this volcano worksheet, students read about the eruption of Mount Pinatubo and the effects of sulfur dioxide. Then students complete 4 short answer questions.
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Inside the Crater

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students explore and analyze what's inside the crater of an active volcano. They research the history of powerful eruptions and how they have helped to make our planet what it is today. Each student then illustrates, designs and...
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It's Going to Blow Up!

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students discover the major characteristics of volcanoes on the Pacific Ring of Fire. They describe the processes that produce the "Submarine Ring of Fire." students explain the factors that contribute to explosive volcanic eruptions.
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Volcanos and the Atmosphere

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
In the summer of 1815, snow fell every month in New England. Was this related to the volcanic eruption of Tambora in Indonesia earlier in the year? Young scientists design their own experiments to research the long-term effect a volcanic...
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Through the Lens

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A fascinating video which documents a National Geographic photographer's descent into a crater filled with molten lava is documented here. The crater is on the island of Ambryn, which is in the South Pacific Ocean. Incredible stuff!
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Tracking Current "Earth" Events

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders utilize Internet research skills, and practice their communication skills by presenting their research to the clas. They actively consider the types of hazards for humans associated with Natural Disaters and ways that...
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Eyewitness Accounts

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students role-play to show the eyewitness accounts of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. In this volcanic eruption lesson plan, students act as reporters, eyewitnesses, and scientists to dramatize the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. They...
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Volcanoes: Sixth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 6th Standards
Bring a set of pre-lab, lab, and post-lab lesson plans on volcanoes to your earth science unit. Sixth graders explore the three types of volcanoes found on Earth, plot the specific locations of these volcanoes on a map, and investigate...
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Miracle Planet - Snow Ball Earth 4/5

For Teachers 6th - 9th
A snowball earth would stay frozen once frozen; so what melted the ice? A manganese dioxide deposit gives some clue. One scientist focused on volcanic eruptions as contributing more oxygen into the air and warming the earth. This...
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Nim's Island: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
A deserted island, a sea lion, and a volcanic eruption ... adventure awaits! Using a helpful novel study, scholars complete a brief vocabulary exercise and answer 10 reading comprehension questions about Nim's Island. Next, they write...
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For Students 6th - 8th Standards
What is the difference between a shield volcano and a cinder cone volcano? How does the flow of lava influence the type of rock that's formed? A presentation on different aspects of volcanoes answers these questions for middle school...
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Volcanic Eruption!

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students define the three types of volcanoes. They explain how the three volcano types are created and how they change in size and shape. Pupils explain the difference between plutonic and volcanic rocks. Students recognize or...

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