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
L3. Driving Question: How do we monitor volcanoes?
Anchor Phenomenon: Data from volcanoes can be analyzed to predict when eruptions may occur.
In this lesson, students turn to the question of volcano monitoring, brainstorming how eruptions could be predicted and collecting and analyzing volcano data. They think about different monitoring techniques, which they discuss, and examine how monitoring devices are used at the module study volcano. Students map timelines of sample volcano data which they use to write scientific arguments. Finally, they analyze a dataset of undermonitored volcanoes and create a monitoring plan, which they present.
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