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Volcano Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans


Compiled by Christy Pratt.


Volcanic hazards Volcanic Hazards
Volcanoes can be exciting and fascinating, but also very dangerous. Any kind of volcano is capable of creating harmful or deadly phenomena, whether during an eruption or a period of quiescence.

si.edu The Dynamic Earth
The Smithsonian Institute has an interactive volcano website. The information provided in this website can be used for lesson plans, classroom activities, and demonstrations for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.

usgs logo Cascades Volcano Observatory
Classroom activities, lesson plans, projects, and many other educational resources are included in this USGS website. The resources are good for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.

plate tectonics Teaching Plate Tectonics
A good lesson plan that demonstrates plate tectonics through easy to draw illustrations. This plate tectonics lesson plan can easily be adapted for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.

geology.com Volcanoes on Mars
Spectacular events determined the highest and lowest elevation points on Mars. The lowest point was blasted by an enormous asteroid impact, the highest point was built by repeated volcanic eruptions creating the largest volcano in our solar system.

Mount Vesuvius Mount Vesuvius - Italy
Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe, and has produced some of the continent's largest volcanic eruptions. Located on Italy's west coast, it overlooks the Bay and City of Naples and sits in the crater of the ancient Somma volcano.

hawai`i space grant consortium Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium - Piles of Fire
Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium's Piles of Fire lesson plan is a great classroom activity that gives hands on volcano demonstrations. There are worksheets on the students' page that can be adapted for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students.

hawaiian hot spot Hawaiian Hot Spot
The Hawaiian Islands are the tops of gigantic volcanic mountains formed by countless eruptions of fluid lava over several million years; some tower more than 30,000 feet above the seafloor.

DonorsChoose.org Small Grants for Science Teachers
A two-page proposal might win $200 to $600 in science supplies for your students. Thousands of teachers win these grants every year. DonorsChoose.org.

hawai`i space grant consortium Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium - Gelatin Volcanoes
Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium's Gelatin Volcanoes lesson plan is a great classroom activity that gives hands on volcano demonstrations. There are many strategies for this activity that can be adapted for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students.

hawai`i space grant consortium Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium - Cake Batter Lava
Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium's Cake Batter Lava lesson plan is a great classroom activity that gives a new strategy to demonstrating volcanoes. This activity and the data table worksheets can be adapted for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students.

nasa Volcano Types
This lesson plan helps students learn the types of volcanoes. This classroom activity includes a worksheet that can be adapted to help elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.
DonorsChoose.org Small Grants for Science Teachers
A two-page proposal might win $200 to $600 in science supplies for your students. Thousands of teachers win these grants every year. DonorsChoose.org.

Waterproof Paper.com Free Graph Paper and Free Maps
Your students can get free printable graph paper, printable maps, printable calendars and more at Waterproof Paper.com, a website affiliated with Geology.com..

National Science Teachers Association
An organization providing resources, professional development, education conferences, and much more!.

Associations for Science Teachers
NSTA's list of science teaching societies in U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Find professional development near you.



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