U2 M1: Volcano Hunters
In Volcano Hunters, students take on the role of volcanologists to identify volcanic sites around the globe, analyze real-life data from the Earth’s active volcanoes, and devise a plan to protect people from the dangers posed by eruptions. To achieve that goal and meet the module Performance Expectations, they build on knowledge, skills, and practices developed in Elementary and lay the foundations for those to come in High School.
Volcano Hunters Trailer video
L1. Driving Question: Is it a volcano?
Anchor Phenomenon: Volcanoes can be identified by their rock types.
In this lesson, students are introduced to the module and begin to explore what features distinguish volcanoes from mountains and other landforms. They use an interactive to identify patterns in volcano locations and begin to collect evidence to help them determine if a landform is a volcano or not. Then, students turn their attention to the rock cycle, exploring the relationship between the rock cycle and the volcanic life cycle by creating 2-D and 3-D models. Students observe the rock samples they were introduced to at the start of the lesson, writing scientific explanations about how rock types can help determine if a landscape is volcanic or not.
MS-ESS2-1 Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process
MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects
Volcano Life Cycle 50 mins
Reading for Evidence