Eruptions and Volcano Types

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The Mammoth Lakes area regularly releases warnings to hikers and skiers to be careful because melting snow releases trapped gases from volcanic vents. The 17th instructional activity in the 20-part series opens with a demonstration of carbon dioxide erupting silently and the impact it can have on people and the environment. Scholars experiment with alka seltzer eruptions using three different coverings to understand the types of volcanoes.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Share clips from documentaries about volcanoes
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires science equipment that may be difficult to find, such as film canisters
  • Assumes prior knowledge of the inner workings of volcanoes in order to understand the outer results that are covered in the lesson
Pros

  • Lesson addresses multiple learning styles
  • Follows a 5E format, which provides continuity throughout the series
Cons

  • Requires videos, but it does not provide links
Common Core

NGSS