Volcanoes: Third Grade Lessons Plans and Activities

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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 volcanoes can form different types of rocks.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Print off pictures of the volcanoes and volcanic rock types mentioned in the lesson for class members to observe
  • Create a word wall to include terms such as, basalt, granite, igneous, obsidian, volcano, minerals, pumice, composite volcano, magma, lava, and ash
  • Use the fill-in-the-blank worksheet as an assessment
Classroom Considerations

  • Provide further background information to create a more robust experience
  • Lesson requires samples of basalt, obsidian, and granite rocks; be sure to acquire enough of these samples prior to teaching
  • The first in a series of four lessons that makes up a unit on the plate tectonics cycle
  • Have pupils refer to pages 2-3 in the workbook for this portion
Pros

  • A workbook for the entire unit is included below
  • Answers are included for post-lab worksheet
Cons

  • A few of the links in the post-lab do not work
Common Core