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Students use topographic map skills to interpret impact of the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens on the volcano's topography, and draw profile views of Mount St. Helens before and after the May 18, 1980, eruption.
Students study topographic maps and contour lines and construct a simple three-dimensional model of Mount St. Helens before the May 18, 1980, eruption. They use topographic map skills to interpret the impact of the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens on the volcano's topography.
Students talk about Mount St. Helens and then read a story book on the subject.  In this reading comprehension activity, students discuss the book, then go on to write from a prompt detailing their impressions and the facts they learned.     
Learners observe two demonstrations to conclude why bulge developed on the north flank of Mount St. Helens and conclude that when the "cap" was removed the pressure inside the volcano was suddenly released causing the violent eruption.
Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, devastating plant and animal life for miles around. Two activities are included in this lesson plan. In one, learners evaluate tree rings to determine the age of a tree and the year of a volcano. In the other, they investigate eyewitness accounts to determine the order of events when a volcano erupted. When teaching geology, this real-life example will help bring your curriculum to life. 
Fourth graders research a number of websites to study volcanoes using a fact finding sheet. They watch a PowerPoint presentation on the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 before writing stories about what it would have been like to live through that eruption.
Students uncover the nature of volcanoes and locate some of the world's active, dormant, and extinct volcanoes. They also discover how scientists detect, measure, and predict volcanic activity.
In this writing prompt worksheet, students learn that on May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted. Students use resources in the classroom to learn five facts about Mount St. Helens and summarize them in their own words.
Students identify the risks and benefits of living next to a volcano. After reading an article, they discuss the behaviors of an active volcano. Using the Internet, they work together to research volcano-monitoring techniques and create mock news segments. They interview an adult who remembers an eruption from the past and reflect on how volcano monitoring systems have changed over time.
Students discover that volcanic eruptions are geologic events that take place within the upper part and on the surface of the Earth's lithosphere. They explain how volcanoes are related to the Earth's lithosphere. They focus on the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helen's.
Students review previous lessons about volcanoes and name the phenomena they think the eyewitnesses of the Mount St. Helens witnessed. They play the roles of reporter, eyewitness and scientists who are serving on a committee investigating the eruption using the eyewitness accounts shown on a transparency.
Young scholars role-play to show the eyewitness accounts of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. In this volcanic eruption lesson, students act as reporters, eyewitnesses, and scientists to dramatize the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. They discuss the activity and prepare written summaries to share their observations.
You can demonstrate the destructive force of volcanic mudflows to your early earth scientists using this lesson plan. Messy, but memorable, the two demonstrations require some preparation. Use one or both! Included is a link to activity sheets for predicting the path of a mudflow over the Mount St. Helens landscape. Unfortunately, the link to the map for Part A on the snowline worksheet is not working. Even without this particular worksheet, this is a very visual and valuable lesson.
Middle schoolers study the Mount St. Helens eruption and how it occurred.  In this experimental lesson students complete a lab that shows the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Students become familiar with Native American myths and legends created to explain volcanic activity. They apply the clustering, writing process and peer-editing techniques to the writing of an original myth about Mount St. Helens
Students create a legend that explains the existence of Mount St. Helens. They discuss how natural occurences often have no clear explanation. After listening to legends concerning the formation of Mt. St. Helens, students create their own legend regarding the volcano's exsistence.
Students visualize consistency of mudflows and how they move down stream valleys away from a volcano's summit. They use topographic maps of Mount St. Helens before the 1980 eruptions to forecast the path mudflows might take during an eruption.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 4 paragraph piece about Mount St. Helen's and then identify 3 causes and effects from the article as they compete a graphic organizer.
Students replicate a volcanic eruption. In this volcanoes lesson, students follow the provided procedures to show and describe how the inflation of a bulge led to the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Students imagine themselves staying for the weekend in a summer cabin near Mount St. Helens (or other volcanic site,) and having to quickly evacuate the area.

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