Volcano Models

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 development of caldera. To finish, scholars use pudding and jello to show the movement of magma as it erupts onto the surface.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Share photos of volcanic eruptions, especially those with secondary vents and cones
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson may not last a full 90 minutes, but requires more than 60
  • Be aware of any food allergies
Pros

  • Highly memorable activity introduces concepts that typically can't be viewed
  • Includes teacher notes throughout to assist with set up, crucial reminders, and quality analysis responses
  • Lesson follows a 5E format
Cons

  • None
Common Core