Mount St. Helens Teacher Resources
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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. Helens on the volcano's topography.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. When teaching geology, this real-life example will help bring your curriculum to life.
Students 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
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.
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.
Reading Comprehension: A Mountain Blows Its Top
In this reading comprehension instructional activity, middle schoolers 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.
The Mountain Blows its Top
Middle schoolers replicate a volcanic eruption. In this volcanoes instructional activity, students follow the provided procedures to show and describe how the inflation of a bulge led to the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Evacuating a Volcano: A Simulation
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.
Students prepare for a field trip to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and exploration of Ape Cave (see also Ape Cave Exploration). In the absence of a field trip, students become acquainted with lava tubes in general.
Evacuating a Volcano: A Simulation
Learners imagine themselves staying for the weekend in a summer cabin near Mount St. Helens, and having to quickly evacuate the area. They decide on the location of their cabin in relation to the mountain, and plan an evacuation procedure.
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.
Mount St. Helens
For this volcano worksheet, students will read about the events that led to the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. Students will use this information to complete 3 short answer questions.
Mount St. Helens Shakes and Burps
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.
May 18, 1980 - Mount St. Helens
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.
About to Explode
Young scholars explore Mount St. Helens' quiet eruption of 2004-2005. They examine different types of eruptions and then present creative first-hand accounts of different volcanic eruptions in history.