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Lesson 2 Activity 2: Mapping Mount St. Helens
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.
4th - 8th Science 23 Views 63 Downloads
Mapping Mount St. Helens
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.
4th - 8th Science 8 Views 17 Downloads
Volcanoes!: The Mountain Blows its Top
Students 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.
4th - 8th Science 3 Views 28 Downloads
Death and Recovery
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.
5th - 6th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Volcanoes!: Eyewitness Accounts
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.
5th - 8th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Guided Reading Lesson Plan: Mount St. Helens
Young scholars talk about Mount St. Helens and then read a story book on the subject. In this reading comprehension lesson plan, students discuss the book, then go on to write from a prompt detailing their impressions and the facts they learned.
1st - 3rd Language Arts 5 Views 18 Downloads
A Site to See
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.
6th - 12th Science 3 Views 19 Downloads
It Happened to Me: Eruption of Mount St. Helens
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.
4th Language Arts 3 Views 15 Downloads
Volcanoes and People
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.
6th - 8th Science 4 Views 21 Downloads
Lesson 4: Fire, Rock, and Water
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.
4th - 6th Science 4 Views 4 Downloads
Creating a Legend
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.
4th - 8th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
Forcasting the Path of Mudflows
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.
4th - 7th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Mt. St. Helens - Lesson Plan 2
Students compile information on volcanic activity at Mount St. Helens. In this earth science instructional activity, students use the information they gathered on Mount St. Helens to answer questions and create charts in Excel. Then students compare volcanoes around the world.
6th - 8th Science 3 Views 20 Downloads
Volcanoes: Windows Into The Earth
Learners investigate the concepts related to volcanoes and focus upon Mt. St. Helens. They define the difference between an active and dormant volcano. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The information is used in order to take part in activities as part of the lesson.
4th - 8th Science 4 Views 28 Downloads
Volcanoes!: Forecasting the Path of Mudflows
Students construct a mockup of a volcano by crumbling up newspapers and piling them into the shape of a volcano. They place a tarp over the newspapers making sure the tarp is large enough to simulate a flat area at the volcano's base. They then create plenty of hills and valleys referring to photographs on a poster and the topographic map on Activity Sheet 4.
4th - 8th Science 3 Views 6 Downloads
Forecasting the Path of Mudflows
Students watch a demonstration to introduce them to the consistency of mudflows and how they move. In groups, they compare and contrast volcanic avalanches and mudflows. They create their own model of a volcano, simulate how it erupts and how the material flows.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
Monuments (and Landmarks)
Distinguishing between and understanding the purpose of landmarks and monuments is the focus a short activity designed to provide all learners with the context of a performance task. Images of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Paul Revere statue, and the Mount St.
6th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 1 Download
How Volcanoes Grow
Students build models of the three major types of volcanoes and see how a volcano's shape is related to the type of material it erupts. As a class, they observe a demonstration that simulates the nature of two volcanic materials: lava and tephra.
4th - 8th Science 16 Views 26 Downloads