Volcanoes: Fifth Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

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Fifth graders explore volcanoes and the rocks they produce using the Internet. The lab portion of the lesson prompts young scientists to compare and describe igneous rocks. Next, they critique a pair or more of books on volcanoes in order to decide which has more reliable scientific information.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a word wall with the vocabulary words presented within the resource: vent, magma chamber, lava, pumice, obsidian, basalt, igneous, volcano, and ring of fire
Classroom Considerations

  • Acquire books on volcanoes prior to implementing the lesson
  • The first of four lessons that make up a unit on the plate tectonics cycle
  • Have class members refer to page 2 in the workbook for this portion of the unit

  • Includes a workbook for the entire unit
  • Blackline masters are available in the resource

  • A few of the links provided are not working
Common Core