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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 6 Views 16 Downloads
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 17 Views 62 Downloads
Guided Reading Lesson Plan: Mount St. Helens
Students talk about Mount St. Helens and then read a story book on the subject. In this reading comprehension lesson, 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
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
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
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
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 3 Views 20 Downloads
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
Students role-play to show the eyewitness accounts of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. For 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.
6th - 10th Science 3 Views 6 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 7 Downloads
Forcasting the Path of Mudflows
Young scholars 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