Twig Science Middle School Sampler

U2 M1: Volcano Hunters

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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

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L2. Driving Question: What makes volcanoes dangerous?

Anchor Phenomenon: Some volcanoes pose a risk to human life.

In this lesson, students investigate the different factors that make a volcano dangerous, starting with the explosivity of volcanic eruptions.  They examine the case study of Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption, considering how hazards and threats contributed to the dangers posed by the volcano’s eruption. Students observe model eruptions and explore different kinds of volcanic eruptions. Finally, they are introduced to the module volcano team and study volcano before writing a scientific argument—complete with claim and evidence— which they share with a peer.

Performance Expectation:

  • 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

The Most Dangerous Volcano, Part 1 50 mins

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Before and After visual
Observing Volcanoes video

The Most Dangerous Volcano, Part 2 50 mins

Hands-On Investigation

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Merapi and Hualālai visual
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Investigation: Slope and Viscosity

Explosive Eruptions 50 mins

Reading for Evidence

No digital assets required for this sessopn

Different Volcanoes, Different Eruptions 50 mins

Hands-On Investigation

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Merapi and Hualālai visual

In the path of Mount St. Helens 50 mins

Reading for Evidence

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Extreme Eruptions Cards
Before the Eruption video

Some Volcanoes Are Dangerous 50 mins

Online Assessment

Volcano Team: Features of Our Volcano video
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What Makes a Volcano Dangerous? Rubric visual
What Makes a Volcano Dangerous? Rubric
What Makes a Volcano Dangerous? Rubric
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Merapi and Hualālai visual

Middle School Sampler

Grade 7

Volcano Hunters