BY: Denny Pelley
SCHOOL: Speedway High School
CITY/STATE: Speedway, Indiana
To enhance learning about volcanoes and the consequences
of land, people, plants and animals.
GRADE LEVEL: Sixth - Tenth
GEOGRAPHY STANDARDS ADDRESSED:
- #1. How to use maps and other geographic representations,
tools and technologies to acquire, process and report information from
a spatial perspective.
- #3. How to analyze the spatial organization of people,
places and environments on Earth’s surface.
- #7. The physical processes that shape the Earth’s surface.
- #12. The processes, patterns and functions of human settlement.
- #15. How physical systems affect human systems.
- #17. How to apply geography to interpret the past.
- #18. How to apply geography to interpret the present
and plan for the future.
- - Internet capability
- - Volcano model material
After this lesson, students will be able to
- 1. identify the different types of volcanoes,
- 2. understand where current active volcanoes exist (on
Earth and other planets),
- 3. understand how volcanic areas affect people, plants,
animals and the environment (past, present,future), and
- 4. develop and ask intelligent questions to a volcanologist.
1. Pretest students with the following questions to initiate
thought and class discussion about volcanoes.
- a) What are three different types of volcanoes ?
- b) Where is the nearest volcano ?
- c) What causes volcanoes ?
- d) Where is the largest past eruption ?
- e) What happens to land, air, plant life and people after
an eruption ?
- f) How far away from an volcano are the affects felt
- g) What's the temperature inside a volcano ?
- h) Can volcanoes be predicted ?
- i) Where is Mount Saint Helens ?
- j) Where did the world's deadliest eruption take place
2. Have the class research volcanoes on the internet to
answer the previous questions, while browsing the various sub-titles of
the volcano home page.
3. Each group should come up with unique questions to
ask a volcanologist via the internet.
4. Students should be able to view live footage of active
volcanoes and satellite images.
5. Students should be able to construct a volcano model.