Volcanoes: First Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

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Introduce young geologists to types of volcanoes during the pre-lab. First graders explore how different liquids flow with an experiment on viscosity to simulate how different types of lava flow. Next, they learn about the parts of a volcano, draw an erupting volcano, and write a sentence about their drawing.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Create a word wall and include terms like lava, magma, mountain, volcano, viscous, gases, molten, and steaming
  • Project the types of volcanoes graphics on the board for all to see
  • Invite a volunteer to come in and assist with the lab
Classroom Considerations

  • Have class members refer to page 2 in the workbook (attached)
  • Acquire the necessary materials to complete the experiment prior to teaching
  • The first in a series of four lessons that make up a unit on the plate tectonics cycle
  • Some terms and the experiment may be too advanced for first graders; consider using the activity with older classes

  • Includes a student workbook for the entire unit
  • Procedures and blackline masters are included within the resource

  • Teachers may need further background information to create a more robust experience for learners