Volcanic Landforms

This Volcanic Landforms activity & project also includes:

Did you know the word volcano comes from the name of the Roman god of fire, Vulcan? During this activity, scholars make a topographic map, interpret topographic maps, and infer how lava will flow based on their analysis. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Visit a museum with a real-time 3-D topographic activity that consists of a sandbox with special software and projection equipment so when a learner makes a hill, the lines change; many also allow for adding rain or water to view how it flows in various conditions
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires clear clipboards, though you could subsitute a digital camera
  • Lesson could be completed in small groups, individually, or as part of a flipped classroom
  • The second lesson in a series of seven
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  • Reading passage highlights vocabulary
  • Includes an extension idea to build a scale model volcano based on reading a topographic map

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