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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 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 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.     
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.
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.
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. 
Young scholars study the Mount St. Helens eruption and how it occurred.  In this experimental activity 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
Learners 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 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.
Students replicate a volcanic eruption. For 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.
Young scholars 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.
Students 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.
Students 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.
Students conduct research and teach each other about the eruption of Mount St. Helens and identify the major components of the eruption, their characteristics and their effects. They simulate the eruption dramatically.
Students become familiar with an eruptive history and related world events and impart a sense of the immensity of geological time. They explore timelines by creating their own, then are introduced to major eruptive periods 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.
In 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.

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