Ring of Fire

Over a period of 35 years, earthquakes and volcanoes combined only accounted for 1.5 percent of the deaths from natural disasters in the United States. The 15th lesson plan in a 20-part series connects the locations of earthquakes and volcanoes. Scholars use latitude and longitude markings to label volcanoes and earthquakes on a world map. Further analysis leads to the realization that most are related to plate boundaries.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • If students don't have time to make individual maps, create the class map and then take a photo to print to include in their science notes
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge of finding locations on a map using only longitude and latitude
  • Lessons in the series build upon one another and need to be completed in order
Pros

  • Mapping activity makes it easy to draw the correct conclusion
  • Lesson easily adapts to higher or lower ability levels
Cons

  • Video links do not work
Common Core