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
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.
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
Explosive Eruptions 50 mins
Reading for Evidence