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Earth's Systems & Materials: Volcanoes

Earth's Systems & Materials: Volcanoes


NGSS 5-ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems.

The BIG Question: "What are volcanoes? What are the characteristics and features of volcanoes?"

In this lesson, students will be able to identify and describe Composite, Shield, and Cone-shaped volcanoes. Students will be able to describe the traits and characteristics of Composite, Shield, and Cone-shaped volcanoes

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Volcano Video Skit

Skit Project: Now it's your turn! Create a fun skit about one of the topics below! Your skit must be at least 1 minute long and include a title at the beginning and credits at the end. Please watch this skit to get some ideas. Groups can be 2-5 people.

Topics for skit: Plate tectonics, Lava, Eruptions, Magma, Earth's layers, Volcanologists, or effects of volcanoes.

How to make a Volcano

Now for an exciting 'Hands-on, Minds-on' experiment! Now you will be able to create your OWN volcano! For homework, you may get into groups of 3-5 to create your volcano. Be sure to take pictures, log in your steps, and include your conclusions of the experiment.

Bill Nye Volcanoes

In your Science Journal, include 2 "I learned..." statements from the Bill Nye the Science Guy video on Volcanoes.

Statement ideas: What did you find interesting about the video? What did you notice? What can you infer? What did you learn about how volcanoes erupt?

What is a Volcano? video

In your Science Journal, answer these questions based off of the shot Volcano video...
1.) What is magma called when it reaches the Earth's surface?
2.) What is one characteristic that all volcanoes have in common?
3.) What are some of the dangerous outcomes of a volcano eruption? Name at least 3 issues that could be problematic/dangerous for humans.

Volcanoes UTell Story

Watch this UTell story on Volcanoes and be sure to illustrate in your Science Journal the three different types of volcanoes: Shield Volcanoes, Composite Volcanoes, and Cone-Shaped Volcanoes.

Include at least 2 characteristics for each volcano. (This will be on the Quiz!)

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What is it like to be a volcanologist?

A Volcanologist is a scientist who observes and studies volcanoes. Watch this video and find out what it's like to be a volcanologist! Scientist Lorraine Field talks you through a day in the life of her research. Be sure to write 2 "I learned..." statements in your Science Journal after watching the video.

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USGS Website

Do you have some questions about Volcanoes? Access the United States Geological Survey website to have many of your Burning Questions answered! In your Science Journal, write down your Burning Question and research the USGS site on volcanoes for your answer. Alternatively, if you find a really interesting question and answer on the USGS site, write it down in your Science Journal and be prepared to share your scientific findings with your fellow classmates.

Volcano PowerPoint- Ms. Overby

Be sure to have your Science Journal ready to take notes. Have your K-W-L chart ready to go. Before you watch the Volcano Powerpoint, tell me what you KNOW about volcanoes and fill out at least two questions that you WANT TO KNOW. At the end of the lesson, write in your chart two things that you have LEARNED.

Volcano Podcast- Ms. Overby

This Podcast covers the subject of Volcanoes. Be sure to have your Science Journals ready to complete notes and answer interactive questions! When you are finished with the Podcast, you will get into pairs and share what you have learned.