All About Volcanoes: How They Form, Eruptions and More!

How do volcanoes form and why do they erupt? Does magma change as it reaches Earth's surface? These are some of the questions that are under investigation in a video that explains the science around volcanoes.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a project in which partners create a model erupting volcano made from craft materials and other household items
  • Research awake and sleeping volcanoes around the world and find their locations on a map
  • Have learners label parts of a volcano
Classroom Considerations

  • Video is the 25th in a series of 26
  • Concepts are most applicable to an upper elementary science classroom, especially in a study of the plate tectonics cycle or geographic landforms
Pros

  • Real images of volcanoes and models of eruptions support the subject matter
  • Speaker engages viewers with enthusiasm
Cons

  • Instructor talks very fast
Common Core