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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Sixth Grade

For Teachers 6th Standards
Four resources make up a collection that breaks down each part of the plate tectonic cycle, developed by Math/Science Nucleus. With pre- and post-labs, discussion topics, and writing assignments, sixth graders take on a hands-on approach...
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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Fifth Grade

For Teachers 5th
Math/Science Nucleus provides a set of four resources that take a deeper look into the parts of the plate tectonics cycle. Each resource contains hands-on activities and labs to help fifth graders develop a better understanding of one of...
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Types of Volcanic Eruptions

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Blow the roof off your classroom with this multimedia science lesson plan on volcanic eruptions. A short online video teaches young geologists about shield and composite volcanoes and explores the examples of Kilauea and Mt. Vesuvius,...
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New Zealand Eruptions

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
New Zealand's volcanoes are the subject of a activity that asks class groups to research and create displays that detail the Taupo, Tarawera, and Ruapehu volcanic eruptions.
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Dating a Volcanic Eruption

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students discover the various ways in which tree rings can give information. After a brief disucssion of concentric tree rings, they use cross section cut outs of tree rings to identify the time and type of various naturally occuring...
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Dating a Volcanic Eruption

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners discover how to "read" tree rings to determine the date of a volcanic eruption and the effects an eruption has on plant growth. After a lecture/demo, students utilize a worksheet imbedded in this plan to date an eruption.
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Volcanic Hazards: Airborne Debris

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Pupils interpret maps and graph data related to volcanic ash. Then they analyze the importance of wind speed and the dangers of the ash to both life, air temperature, and technology. 
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Volcanic Eruption: Cause and Effect

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Volcanoes are one of Earth's most destructive forces, but they also have positive effects. Young vulcanologists create an active model of a volcano, perform an experiment, read articles about the effects of eruptions, and complete a...
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Ready-Set-Tech: When a Volcano Erupts

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Wouldn't it be a blast to uncover the science behind volcanic eruptions? Explore, research, and examine the nature of volcanoes with three fun hands-on projects kids will love. First the class takes to the Internet to research volcanoes....
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Aerosol Science

For Students 6th - 12th
In this aerosol worksheet, students are given data for volcanic eruptions and the average temperatures of the Earth. They determine the change in temperature from the year of the eruption to the present year and use the means to...
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Volcanoes: Second Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Young geologists explore volcanoes with a series of engaging geology activities. First, they learn the difference between magma and lava before coloring and labeling the parts of a volcano. During the lab, individuals watch a...
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Science Italian Style: Eruption!

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore ways scientists prepare for a volcanic eruption. They observe films of earthquakes, oil spills, volcanoes and hurricanes. Students perform activities to demonstrate the relationship of viscosity to lava flow. They...
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Eruptions and Volcano Types

For Teachers 6th Standards
The Mammoth Lakes area regularly releases warnings to hikers and skiers to be careful because melting snow releases trapped gases from volcanic vents. The 17th lesson in the 20-part series opens with a demonstration of carbon dioxide...
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Volcano Models

For Teachers 6th Standards
More than 80 percent of the earth's surface originated from volcanoes. The 16th lesson in a 20-part series introduces the shape and development of volcanoes. It begins with a demonstration using a balloon and flour to illustrate the...
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Publishing Natural Disaster Articles

For Teachers 5th
Wow, what a terrific lesson plan! After learning about natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis, pupils write an article and publish their work. This lesson plan is chock full of resources and...
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Inside a Volcano

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A fascinating video on the role volcanoes played in the formation of Earth is here for your class. The video shows how it was volcanic eruptions that led our planet out of the ice age by spewing carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere....
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Hazards: Third Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Learners discover hazards related to volcanoes and predict the effects these hazards have on people and land. As blossoming geologists explore various volcanic eruptions, including the hazards associated with them, they create their own...
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Lessons - Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Volcanoes are among the most spectacular geological features on the planet. Jump into an exploration of these amazing phenomenon with this multimedia instructional activity series. Working collaboratively in small groups, young...
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Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Learners view a demonstration of a volcano and its erruption, then watch a video segment.  For this volcanic eruption lesson students explore different types of volcanoes, how and why they errupt, and the impact of such eruptions. 
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Volcanic Hazards: Flows

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Did you know the largest volcano in our solar system is on Mars? Young scholars measure and experiment with how to predict lava and mud flows. This knowledge leads to better evacuation, safety, and preventative methods. 
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Polar Detectives: Using Ice Core Data to Decode Past Climate Mysteries

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How does examining an ice core tell us about weather? Learners set up and explore fake ice cores made of sugar, salt, and ash to represent historical snowfall and volcanic eruptions. From their setups, scholars determine what caused the...
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Every-Day Edit: Volcanic Iceland

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this editing a paragraph activity, learners read and edit a short paragraph on "Volcanic Iceland" and find the ten errors in capitalization, punctuation, spelling and/or grammar. Students correct the errors.
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Climatic Changes

For Students 9th - 12th
In this climate changes instructional activity, students review the different events such as volcanic eruptions and El Nino that change the climate. This instructional activity has 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions.
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Plinian Eruptions

For Students 8th - 10th
In this Plinian eruptions worksheet, students read about the types of volcanic eruptions and about Gaius Plinius Secundus who the Plinian eruption was named after. Students answer four critical thinking questions about volcanic eruptions.
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Volcanic IntEruptions

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders research about a devastating eruption of a certain volcano. In this earth science lesson, 7th graders discover the climate changes that occurred due to a volcanic eruption. They create a presentation about their findings...
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Volcanic History of Your Community

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Did you know there are 20 volcanoes erupting at any given time? Pupils look at various igneous rocks, read local geologic maps, and determine if their area has a history of volcanic activity. A reading passage and analysis questions...
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Volcanoes - Eruptions and Forms of Volcanoes

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Elementary geologists are fascinated with volcanoes. While viewing this PowerPoint they will compare explosive and flowing eruptions, learning what causes each. They discover that there are two types of magma, and three forms or...
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Erupting Volcano

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Create your own volcano using this recipe for fun. Using yeast, hydrogen peroxide and water, your class can make their own volcanoes. This is an easy way to illustrate this natural phenomenon as well as chemical reactions.
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Regents High School Examination: Physical Setting Earth Science 2006

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Test your class on earth science with this extensive resource. This test, created by The University of the State of New York Regents, is made up of 50 multiple choice questions and 32 short answer questions that cover the branches of...
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Hazards: Fifth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 5th Standards
After comparing earthquake and volcanic hazards to one another, fifth graders take a closer look at damage associated with a volcanic eruption. They then create a simulation of mudslides due to a volcanic eruption. Using different...
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Carbon Cycle and Global Warming

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Carbon is all around us, as shown in this cartoon animation. The carbon cycle is portrayed simply and accurately with fun cartoon plants and animals. Use this video in an elementary or junior high class to facilitate your learners'...
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How a Supervolcano Made the Cenozoic’s Coolest Fossils

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Volcanoes cause mass extinctions, climate change, and physical alterations of our planet. They also create great fossil records, time markers in layers of Earth, and an interesting way to study geology. A video describes how one...
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Ready to Erupt!: Volcanoes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students view a model of a volcanic eruption. They observe, measure and sketch the model volcano eruption, complete a worksheet and consider how models of this sort are useful to scientists who must predict the timing and effects of...
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3 Questions: Volcanoes!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Three questions regarding volcanoes are posed to a volcanologist. The questions are: can a human do anything to make a volcano erupt?, is "volcanologist" spelled with a "u" or an "o"?, and what is your favorite volcanic eruption of all...
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Dark Skies: Volcanic Contribution to Climate Change

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students examine how volcanic eruptions affect global climate. They listen to first-hand accounts of the effects of a large volcanic eruption and illustrate a landscape to show understanding. They experiment with the loss of light and...
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Kinds of Volcanic Eruptions

For Students 6th - 8th
In this volcanic eruption worksheet, learners will read descriptive information about four types of volcanic eruptions: Hawaiian, Strombolian, Vulcanian, and Pelcean. Then students will identify 4 figures of eruptions as one of these...
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Death and Recovery

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, devastating plant and animal life for miles around. Two activities are included in this lesson plan. In one, learners evaluate tree rings to determine the age of a tree and the year of a volcano....
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How Big are Volcanic Eruptions?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Pupils explore volcanic eruptions. In this science lesson, students discuss the Volcanic Explosivity Index. Pupils use information from the index to answer questions.
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Mountains "Fold, Fault, Erupt, and Erode"

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders conduct an experiment to demonstrate the folding and rippling of rock to form a mountain. They identify mountain chains on a map, participate in the demonstrations, and define folding fault block, igneous eruptions, igneous...
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Mass Extinctions and Fossils

For Teachers 5th - 10th
After reading about the five main theories explaining the mass extinction of dinosaurs, natural historians diagram a geological timeline, describe how the five factors might have caused mass extinction, and then create a poster of an...
1 In 1 Collection
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Volcanoes: Fourth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 4th Standards
Young geologists begin exploring volcanoes of different structures and states: active, extinct, or dormant. During the lab, they make three models and compare different types of volcanoes, including composite, cinder cone, and shield....
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The Newspaper

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders become familiar with volcanic eruption in Iceland and create a newspaper to report the information.  In this newspaper research lesson plan, 5th graders work in heterogeneous  groups to design parts of the newspaper.
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Learning about Volcanoes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
There's something about the classic volcano demonstration that can grab any learners' attention. Scholars begin with a reading and grand conversation about volcanoes, construct an erupting volcano using vinegar and baking soda, then show...
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Modeling an Active (!!) Explosive Volcano

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students examine how gas pressure causes eruptions of explosive volcanoes, and demonstrate how the build-up of gas from dissolving alka seltzer causes the lid of a film canister to blow off. They compare/contrast between the model and...
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Climate Change: Is there a Controversy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore climate changes. In this climate changes lesson, students research what causes changes. Students search the Internet, summarize reports they find and create a poster with the information.
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Volcanism (part 1 of 3)

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the factors that control magma viscosity and study about the characteristics of volcanic eruptions. Lesson describes collaborative group exercises and guided inquiry methods.
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Volcanoes

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students discover how a volcano works.  In this earth science lesson, students participate in a volcanic eruption experiment, critically think about how it relates to a real volcano, and create a representation to show the relationship...
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Volcanoes: USGS Geography

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Learners research volcanoes. In 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. Learners...
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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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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
Learners 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 instructional activity, students act as reporters, eyewitnesses, and scientists to dramatize the eruption of Mt. St. Helens....
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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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Volcanoes

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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Volcanic Eruptions

For Teachers 4th - 5th
The directions for making a model of a volcano follow a reading passage describing the cause of an eruption. A list of volcanic events is then provided. From the list, individuals choose an event and write a research report about it....
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Recent Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners study the recent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.  In this recent earthquakes lesson students complete an activity while working in groups.
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There's a Volcano in my Backyard!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students utilizing a volcanic hazard map of Mount Rainier, reach conclusions about the potential hazards of future eruptions. They create educational materials about these hazards and what to do if one erupts again in the future.
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Lesson 4: How do Volcanoes fit in the picture?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students plot recent volcanic activity on a world map and look for relationships between volcanoes and plate boundaries.
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Volcanoes Are Hot Stuff

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
A nicely-put-together presentation allows learners to explore facts about volcanoes. The PowerPoint displays information about volcanic eruptions, volcano formation and other interesting details. The slides also contain excellent...
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Volcanic Violence

For Students 4th - 6th
In this volcanic violence worksheet, students interactively answer 5 multiple choice questions, then click to find answers and explanations.
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Volcanic Clouds and the Atmosphere

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine how scientists monitor volcanoes.  In this volcano lesson students complete several activities including why we see things when using satellites.
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Mapping Plate Boundaries

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students discover plate boundaries based on the uneven geographic occurrence of geologic hazards. After discussing geologic hazards, students plot different sets of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on maps.
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Eruption!

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students role-play as villagers, the governor, volcanologists, or the press in a simulation about the possible threat of a nearby volcanic eruption.
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Worksheet: The Giant Impact

For Students 7th - 9th
A global disaster theory is told as a story. After reading it, earth scientists research mass extinctions. They are asked to describe asteroid impacts, climate change, volcanic eruption, sea level change, and atmospheric gas content....
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Volcanic Panic!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars begin with an overview of the Earth's interior and how volcanoes form. They learn how engineers predict eruptions. In a class demonstration, students watch and measure a mock volcanic eruption and observe the phases of an...
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Are We Falling Apart? Exploding Volcanoes

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students research and demonstrate volcanic activity. In this volcanism lesson, students research the types of volcanoes and define related terms using the Internet. They demonstrate volcanic activity with water, corn syrup, and flour.
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Monitoring Active Volcanoes

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The fastest growing volcano in recorded history grew more than 150 meters in less than a week and to more than 424 meters in less than a decade. How do we safely monitor active volcanoes? Young scientists design an instrument to measure...
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Find the Most Spectacular Volcanoes in the World!

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Heat things up in your earth science class with this collaborative lesson on volcanoes. After first being introduced to the different types of volcanoes and how they are formed, young geologists work in small groups to research the...
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Hazards: First Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 1st Standards
Examine the environmental hazards associated with volcanoes with a three-part science lesson. In the pre-lab, first graders learn that gas, landslides, ash, and lava are all hazards that come from volcanoes. They then explore hazardous...
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The Dynamic Earth

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Why is Earth so diverse? What makes it habitable for so many forms of life? An informative PowerPoint explains the important characteristics of Earth from geological history and atmospheric layers all the way to how and why weather...
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Using MY NASA DATA to Determine Volcanic Activity

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore how aerosols are used in science to indicate volcanic activity and how biomass burning affects global aerosol activity. Students access data and import into MS Excel using graphical data to make inferences and draw...
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Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students study the different types of volcanoes and how they erupt.  In this volcano lesson students identify where volcanoes are most prevalent and options for predicting eruptions. 
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Volcanic Violence

For Teachers 4th - Higher Ed
Students complete activities to study volcanic activities. In this volcanic activities lesson plan, students read an article about violent volcanoes. Students complete discuss questions and volcano projects for the lesson plan. students...
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Tephra Catapults

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students build a catapult that can launch different washers. In this earth science lesson, students relate how mass affects the launch distance if the same force is applied. They create a graph from recorded data and analyze their results.
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Volcanoes

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students construct a volcano. In this natural disasters science lesson, students read informational text about volcanoes and view several video clips illustrating a volcano's eruption. Students work in groups to construct an erupting...
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Make a Volcano Foldable

For Students 5th - 8th
For this volcano worksheet, students make a "foldable" for the three types of volcanoes. They identify the volcano types, the type of lava, the type of eruption, the location of the volcano and the slope on one of three cards in the...
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Los Volcanes Mexicanos

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners conduct Internet research on Mexican volcanoes. They explore various websites, complete a website worksheet, answer questions in Spanish, and create a timeline of a volcano's eruptions.
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Volcano Explosions

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students explain what a natural disaster is, then perform an experiment that simulate a volcanic eruption.
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Think like a Geologist: 1

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
New ReviewHow well do pupils play the role of geologist? Test their abilities in the first installment of a two-part series. Presented with a series of rock formation diagrams, learners write stories to match what they see in the diagrams. The...
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Earth Science/Plate Tectonics & Volcanoes

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explore volcanic eruptions. In this earth science instructional activity, students follow instructions and conduct a lab regarding volcanoes. Students also play interactive games on Internet links regarding plate tectonics and...
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Volcanoes: Fifth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders explore volcanoes and the rocks they produce using the Internet. The lab portion of the lesson prompts young scientists to compare and describe igneous rocks. Next, they critique a pair or more of books on volcanoes in...
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Volcanoes

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students view images and interactive activities on the Internet about volcanoes. In this plate tectonics lesson, students use the Internet to view PDF images and HTML Interactive activities while writing observations in their journals....
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Volcano

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers research major volcanic eruptions. In this Earth science lesson, students take on the role of vulcanologist writing reports to the President of the United States on how to respond to a volcanic disaster. This lesson...
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Volcanic Eruptions

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders engage in a lesson that covers the responses of the earth how it changes. The changes are covered and how it moves on the lithosphere to create landforms. Specifically, a simulation of a volcano is used to work with...
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Volcanoes and People

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover that volcanic eruptions are geologic events that take place within the upper part and on the surface of the Earth's lithosphere. They explain how volcanoes are related to the Earth's lithosphere. They focus on the May...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Spinning off of Eyjafjallajökull

For Students 9th - 12th
The name itself may have your scholars' heads spinning: Eyjafjallajökull. Its recent volcanic eruption spurred many political cartoons on unrelated topics- using an analysis handout scholars examine the use of metaphor in 2 cartoons...
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The Mountain Blows its Top

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students replicate a volcanic eruption. In this volcanoes lesson, students follow the provided procedures to show and describe how the inflation of a bulge led to the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
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Keeping Things Toasty in New Zealand

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify the signs of a volcanic eruption. In this earth science lesson, students compose a letter to their neighbor convincing them of an impending eruption. They recognize the danger in living near a volcano.
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Rapid Processes: Volcanic Eruptions

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders build and study volcanoes. In this lesson on volcanic eruptions, 4th graders build a model volcano, plot the location of the world's volcanoes, and make a study guide about volcanoes.
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Earthquakes and Volcanoes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Even though volcanoes look alike, they can be very different based on the types of lava that erupts from their surface. Learn about strata volcanoes, shield volcanoes, and the varying viscosity of lava with an engaging hands-on activity....
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What Are Minerals?

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Take young geologists on a trip through the rock cycle with this series of four earth science presentations. Beginning with an exploration of minerals and the different properties they exhibit, this resource goes on to explore...
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Mid-Ocean Ridges Interactive

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Your class will be on top of their game when it comes to mid-ocean ridges! The second installment in a 13-part series focuses on the 65,000-km underwater ridge system that spans our globe. Junior oceanographers practice placing the...
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Ice Cores: Modeling Ice Sheets

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Ice cores provide scientists with knowledge of historic melt layers, air temperatures, greenhouse gases, and climate stability. Scholars work in groups to build layers representing snow and ice over thousands of years. Then, groups...
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Igneous Rocks: Completing the 3D Picture

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Finally, an easy-to-make volcano model: no baking soda and vinegar required! Junior geologists construct a volcano in 3-D, then use it to answer questions about the processes and timescale of igneous rock formation. The activity includes...
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The Unusual Formation of the Hawaiian Islands

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How are the Hawaiian Islands different from other island chains? Discover the surprising geologic history of Hawaii with a video from a cool physics playlist. The narrator takes a hike with some geologists and discusses mantle plume...
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How Volcanoes Froze the Earth (Twice)

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Volcanoes contributing to freezing seems counterintuitive, but it's true. The freezing and thawing of the earth has happened multiple times in the planet's history. Scholars learn how the carbon cycle contributed to Earth's temperature...
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CK-12 Earth Science Concepts for Middle School

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Explore a variety of science concepts in an interactive textbook created for middle school scholars. A lengthy table of contents takes readers to pages comprised of a subject overview, outline, and summary. Follow links further to find...
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Forces of Nature: Ring of Fire

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders will research the Ring of Fire and be able to share their findings with their partner. They will also demonstrate volcanic eruptions using a baking soda and vinegar volcano model. Then they will discover how continental...
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In the Rain Shadow

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students charts the rainfall averages on either side of a mountain range. In this water cycle lesson plan, students discover that mountain ranges affect weather patterns. Students pretend they are air traffic controllers and must...
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Listening Guide for Changes in the Spheres Presentation

For Students 8th - 10th
In this changes in the spheres worksheet, students take notes on the impacts that acid rain, nuclear accidents, flooding, forest fires, contrails discovery, oil spills, meteorite collisions and volcanic eruptions have on the atmosphere,...
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Earthquakes and Volcanoes Post Assessment

For Students 6th Standards
The final lesson in the 20-part series is a post assessment covering earthquakes and volcanoes. Twenty-three questions incorporate each of the previous lessons through multiple choice, justified multiple choice, expanded multiple choice,...
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Earthquakes And Volcanoes

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students investigate the concept of plate tectonics through focusing a research study upon the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. They find information that is used for class discussion. Students complete a mapping of...
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Landforms from Volcanoes

For Teachers 6th Standards
Three major types of volcanoes exist: cinder cone, composite/strata, and shield. The 18th lesson in a 20-part series covers the various landforms created from volcanoes. Scholars work in pairs to correctly identify the three types based...
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Eruption Products

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Fire up your class with interesting facts and information about the lava, gases, steam, ash etc. that come out of a volcano when it erupts. Young scientists examine the eruptive materials that are produced by a volcanic eruption, learn...
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Volcano Poster Project

For Students 7th - 9th
In this volcano worksheet, students choose a volcano from a given list to do research on using the computer lab. Students gather information about the volcano and answer 20 questions. They create a poster with graphics and text about...
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Aerosol Lesson: Language Arts

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners construct a model of a volcano. They read "NASA Facts Atmospheric Aerosols" and discuss the impacts of volcanic eruptions. They write informative essays about how aerosols impact the Earth.
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Types of Volcanoes

For Students 6th - 8th
For this volcano worksheet, students will identify the three types of volcanoes and list their characteristics. Then students will answer questions comparing the volcano types. This worksheet has 3 fill in the blank and 2 short answer...
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Mount St. Helens

For Students 6th - 8th
In this volcano worksheet, students will read about the events that led to the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. Students will use this information to complete 3 short answer questions.
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Types of Volcanoes

For Students 8th - 10th
In this volcano worksheet, students identify various aspects of volcanoes including identifying the types of volcano, the types of lava, the types of eruption, the locations of the volcanoes and the slopes of the volcanoes.
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Volcanic Activity

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students view videos and demonstrations about volcanic activity and read myths and legends about volcanoes. For this volcanic activity lesson, students view a video clip and a teacher demonstration of a volcanic eruption. They read myths...
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Erupting Volcanoes

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Learners create their own replica of a volcano. They incorporate chemical reactions, hypotheses and conclusions about volcanoes and their eruptions. Results of their scientific experiment are communicated at the end of the lesson.
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Eruptions and Forms of Volcanoes

For Students 7th - 9th
In this volcanoes worksheet, students are given 11 clues to complete a crossword puzzle about the types of eruptions and the various forms of volcanoes.
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"Dante's Peak": Movie Review

For Students 7th - 8th
In this "Dante's Peak" movie worksheet, students, after watching the movie, answer questions about the details of the movie and answer scientific research questions.
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A Volcano Model with Pizzazz

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students create a volcano replica. In this volcano lesson plan, students construct an erupting volcano from a list of materials and instructions. Students read or listen to volcano stories during the eruption.
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Hazards: Kindergarten Lesson Plans and Activities

For Teachers K Standards
The last unit in the series allows kindergarteners to see the dangers and hazards associated with each of the natural disasters learned so far in the series—earthquakes and volcanoes. They listen to sounds associated with the disasters.
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Preparing for Eruptions

For Teachers 5th
Students navigate the web and answer questions related to volcanoes in Auckland, NZ.  In this emergency preparedness lesson, students learn to prepare for a volcano eruption.  Students answer questions and complete a graphic organizer.
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Volcanic Activity in the U.S.

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students locate and map ten volcanoes in United States, create chart comparing volcanoes by last eruption, type of volcano, location, and interesting fact, and create Powerpoint slide show describing basic information about volcanoes and...
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You're Grounded!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the Iceland volcanic eruption that halted European transportation in 2010. In this transportation lesson, students read an article about the event and then discuss the impact of the event. Extension activity...
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Up in the Air

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students evaluate the impact of volcanic ash on the surroundin environment. Through discussion, videos and activities, they identify the various ways in which volcanic ash can be more detrimental than volcanic magma and lava.
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Melted Minerals

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students study the elements of an active volcano. They identify the underground components of this geological occurrence. Students construct and label a three-dimensional model to represent their findings. They are told that volcanic...
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Types of Volcanoes

For Teachers 6th - 9th
If your class is studying volcanoes, this could be a useful source of information. In three pages of text and diagrams, this resource discusses the six kinds of volcanic eruptions and three kinds of volcano cones. The fourth page of this...
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You're Grounded

For Students 7th - 12th
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 6-paragraph article about the Iceland volcanic eruption that halted European transportation in 2010. Students respond to 5 short answer questions regarding the article....
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Chemistry: Mini-Volcanoes

For Teachers K - 1st
Students observe an experiment using common household chemicals to simulate a volcanic eruption. In small cups, they follow the teacher's instructions to make their own volcanoes. After watching a Brain-pop video, students complete...
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Volcano Hazards: Describing a Dangerous Mix

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students work cooperatively to become "Volcano Hazards Experts." Groups research and create posters illustrating dangers from volcanic eruptions, as well as determine the dangers of specific volcanic eruptions. They present their research t
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Fire Escape

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners explore the effects of the volcanic eruption of Nyiragongo in Congo as a springboard to exploring past examples of volcanic eruptions and their respective relief efforts.
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Getting Fired Up

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars explore first-person accounts of volcanic eruptions throughout time and use second-hand information about volcanoes. They use both types of accounts to write news articles covering the events of a historic volcanic...
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Explosive Geography

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students consider how volcanic eruptions can affect an environment and how a volcano works. The explosions of Mt. Saint Helen's, Mt. Redoubt, and Mt. Kilauea are researched and presented to the class in groups.
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Distribution of Active Volcanoes Exercise

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students collect and plot data, then interpret the results and answer questions about the geologic causes and the human effects of volcanic eruption. They participate in a role-play activity and a virtual field trip, as well.
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Volcano Shapebook

For Students 5th - 6th
In this Volcano Shapebook worksheet, students write information about volcanoes in a volcano-shaped book. Examples include listing types of volcanoes and effects of volcanic eruptions.
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What Causes Volcanoes?

For Students 4th - 8th
In this volcano worksheet, students will label the parts of a volcano on a diagram. Then students will identify the 3 kinds of places where volcanoes can occur and describe how volcanoes are formed in the Pacific Ring of Fire. This...
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Hawaiian Hot Spots

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss how plate tectonics and volcanic activity have affected Hawaii. In this Hawaiian lesson, students look at maps and photographs of Hawaiian Islands and discuss their formation through multiple volcanic eruptions. They...
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Exploring Alaska's Seamounts - Volcanoes, Plates, and Chains

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine the formation of seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska. In this seamount lesson, student focus on how the Axial-Cobb-Eikelberg-Patton chain was formed. They learn the associated vocabulary, and watch a teacher demonstration of...
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Volcanoes: Death and Recovery

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students examine the aftermath of a volcano. In groups, they participate in activities focusing on the impact on plants and animals. To end the lesson, they discuss the positives to the environment after a volcanic eruption.
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Treasure Hunting for Volcanoes

For Students 7th - 9th
In this volcano worksheet, students use an on line source to answer fifteen fill in the blank questions about volcanoes around the world.
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Excavation reveals a village buried by 1815 volcanic blast

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students create a photo essay depicting how natural features have impacted their town. In this natural features lesson plan, students read about a volcanic blast, answer comprehension questions about it, and then discuss how natural...
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Uses of Pumice

For Students 6th - 10th
In this pumice worksheet, students read about how pumice if formed and the different uses of pumice. Then students complete 4 short answer questions
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Mini-Volcanoes!

For Teachers K
Students define volcanoes and why they erupt. Using baking soda, vinegar, and soap detergent, students create and observe their own volcanoes erupting. A brain-pop video can be used to follow-up the activity (found on website).
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Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Mt. St. Helens - Lesson Plan 2

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students compile information on volcanic activity at Mount St. Helens.  For this earth science lesson, students use the information they gathered on Mount St. Helens to answer questions and create charts in Excel.  Then students compare...
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What's the Difference?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners investigate volcanic processes at convergent and divergent tectonic plate boundaries. They read and analyze diagrams, complete a worksheet, and write an essay.
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Scientists Use Web Site to Report Volcano Activity

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students react to statements about volcanoes, then read a news article about scientists monitoring eruptions at Augustine volcano in Alaska. In this earth science and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the lesson with a...
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Scientific Inquiry

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research the theories on the extinction of the dinosaurs. In this dinosaur extinction lesson, 6th graders view a video clip about scientific inquiry. They work in groups to research the two theories on dinosaur extinction.
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Look Out, Lahars!

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students explore Earth science by creating a presentation. In this volcano lesson, students identify a list of geological vocabulary terms including "lahars." Students utilize the web to research volcanoes and use a computer program like...
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Life of an Island: From Mountain to Atoll

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars research the evolution of a volcanic island from origin to erosion. They determine the relative ages of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands given their position in the archipelago.
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Fire, Rock and Water Volcanoes!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students participate in a demonstration that helps them visualize mudflows and how they move.  In this exploratory activity students simulate a mudflow and create an avalanche.
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Making A Volcano

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students research volcanoes in New Zealand by looking on the internet and watching a video. In this volcanoes lesson plan, students also make a volcano and fill out a volcano information sheet.
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Seismic Calendar

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover how often earthquakes happen in a region of their choice. In this science lesson plan, students use online resouces to help them do their investigations. Students make their own map of their region and show how many...
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My Friend, the Volcano

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Working in cooperative groups, young scientists research and report on how undersea volcanic activity may benefit marine ecosystems. There are many links to websites that you can use to stimulate curiosity or for pupils to use for...
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Forecasting the Path of Mudflows

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students watch a demonstration to introduce them to the consistency of mudflows and how they move. In groups, they compare and contrast volcanic avalanches and mudflows. They create their own model of a volcano, simulate how it erupts...
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Lesson 2 Activity 2: Mapping Mount St. Helens

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students use topographic map skills to interpret impact of the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens on the volcano's topography, and draw profile views of Mount St. Helens before and after the May 18, 1980, eruption.
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Mapping Mount St. Helens

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students study topographic maps and contour lines and construct a simple three-dimensional model of Mount St. Helens before the May 18, 1980, eruption. They use topographic map skills to interpret the impact of the May 18, 1980, eruption...
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Why Are Volcanoes Dangerous?

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students investigate the causes and characteristics of volcanic eruptions including pyroclastic eruptions. They study the effects of natural disasters.
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Ecological Succession

For Students 9th - 12th
Never trust a tree, they always look shady. The video explains both primary and secondary succession. It uses examples of volcanic activity, fires, and human disturbances. It is the seventh in an 18-part series.
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Volcano Demonstration

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students watch a demonstration on how volcanoes work. In this volcano demonstration, students watch the teacher demonstrate a volcanic eruption. The teacher will change variables used to create the eruption and the students will predict...
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Name That Volcano

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students research volcanoes. In this volcanoes lesson, students visit websites with worksheets about the terms for volcanoes and volcanic eruptions in the world. Students complete the work online and play a game for volcano names.
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Earthquakes

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explain that earthquakes are sudden motions along breaks in the crust called faults. They list the major geologic events including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and mountain building, which are the result of crustal plate...
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Pompeii the Lost City

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders list characteristics of Pompeii before and after the volcanic eruption that destroyed the city. They construct paragraphs with their characteristics and illustrate their paragraphs.
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The Little Ice Age - Understanding Climate and Climate Change

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders receive data about tree ring records, solar activity, and volcanic eruptions during the Little Ice Age (1350-1850). From this data, they draw conclusions about possible natural causes of climate change
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Scientific Inquiry 3

For Teachers 6th
In this lesson, 6th graders research and examine current theories behind the mass extinction of dinosaurs. After a discusion about the extinction of the dinosaurs, students discuss the two major extinction theories talked about in the...
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Gelatin Volcanoes

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students enjoy a hands on activity to understand how and why magma moves inside volcanoes.
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What's The Difference?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify geologic features that are associated with volcanoes.  In this volcanic exploration lesson students compare and contrast convergent and divergent volcanoes and are able to explain why some erupt more explosively.
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My Friend, The Volcano

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Young scholars describe the positive impacts of volcanic activity on marine ecosystems. In this volcano instructional activity students explore the process that causes volcanic activity along the Mariana and Kermadec Island Arcs.
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What's the Difference?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover how volcanic processes differ at convergent and divergent tectonic plate boundaries. They identify three geologic features that are associated with most volcanoes on Earth.
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Volcanoes In Japan

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders study the characteristics of volcanoes in this unit. They apply the research to the study of three volcanoes in Japan. They complete mapwork, identify indicators of impending volcanic activity, and describe the dangers...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Spinning off of Eyjafjallajökul

For Students 8th - 12th
In this current events learning exercise, students analyze a political cartoon about the eruption of Eyjafjallajökul and respond to 3 talking point questions.
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The Colossal Consequences of Supervolcanoes

For Teachers 8th - 11th
The threat posed by super volcanoes is explored in a short video that reviews the destruction caused by Mount Tambora in 1815 and by Peru's Huaynaputina in 1600. Think it can't happen again? The narrator contends that the explosive...
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How Volcanoes Grow

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students build models of the three major types of volcanoes and see how a volcano's shape is related to the type of material it erupts. As a class, they observe a demonstration that simulates the nature of two volcanic materials: lava...
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How Volcanoes Grow

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students create models of the three major types of volcanoes and determine how a volcano's shape is related to the type of material erupted. They then observe a demonstration that simulates the nature of two volcanic materials: lava and...
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Lesson 4: Fire, Rock, and Water

For Teachers 4th - 6th
You can demonstrate the destructive force of volcanic mudflows to your early earth scientists using this lesson plan. Messy, but memorable, the two demonstrations require some preparation. Use one or both! Included is a link to activity...
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Earthquakes and Volcanoes Pre-Assessment

For Students 6th
See how much your class knows about earthquakes and volcanic activity and how these events shape geologic features. The first lesson in the series of 20 is a pre-test to find out what pupils already know. It includes 10 vocabulary words...
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Hill of Fire Teaching Plan

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
Some books are perfect for drawing connections between multiple subjects. The book Hill of Fire becomes the hub for three very different, yet related activity ideas. First the class hones their oral language skills by creating an...
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Ready to Erupt!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students observe a visual representation of a volcano erupting. They measure and sketch the volcano and discuss how engineers use this information. They discover the type of equipment used to indicate an eruption.
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Volcanic Wrath

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students observe volcanic action using an internet Web site of satellite photographs. Stuents create a portfolio of observable features.
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Plate Tectonic - Volcanoes Post Lab

For Teachers 1st
First graders draw an erupting volcano. They learn the components of an erupting volcano.
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Forces of Change

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders discuss various ways in which landforms change over time. They, in groups, research and create a reference book about landform change including tsunamis, earthquakes, weathering, erosion and volcanic eruptions.
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Human-Environment Interaction: Crete

For Teachers 8th - 10th
In this Human Environment Interaction, students read a passage, then answer four questions with short responses. They also write an essay about volcanic eruption.
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Forcasting the Path of Mudflows

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Young scholars visualize consistency of mudflows and how they move down stream valleys away from a volcano's summit. They use topographic maps of Mount St. Helens before the 1980 eruptions to forecast the path mudflows might take during...
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Volcanoes-Viscosity Demonstration

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students engage in a lesson which demonstrates that volcanism is the process whereby materials formed inside the Earth come out onto the surface. They participate in a simple, yet effective, activity which demonstrates how volcanoes...
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Formation of Volcanoes

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the process of different volcanoes and how plate tectonics plays a role. In this volcanic lesson students complete several assignments on plate tectonics.
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Volcanism

For Students 6th - 8th
In this earth science worksheet, students find the words in the puzzle that are related to volcanoes and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Igneous Rocks

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders examine how igneous rocks are formed by watching a video. They create a volcano.
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In the Rain Shadow

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students, while utilizing a large wall map, experiment recording the annual precipitation for cities on the east and west sides of the Cascade Mountains. They discover that volcanic mountains do not have to erupt to affect the atmosphere.
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Monitoring Volcanoes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students survey the science behind volcanoes and their significance in the past and the future. In this monitoring volcanoes lesson, students discover how scientists predict volcanic activity and the role these predictions have had in...
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Art and Geology

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine a painting. They explore how Church enhanced his view, then they create their own drawing of Cotopaxi erupting that reflects the current information they have gathered about the site and volcanoes in general.
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About to Explode

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore Mount St. Helens' quiet eruption of 2004-2005. They examine different types of eruptions and then present creative first-hand accounts of different volcanic eruptions in history.

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