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GeoScience Videos
Resource Type: Assessments

This GeoScience Videos blog provides support for instructors using the series of GeosScience Videos found on YouTube. The blog contains one-page quizzes for each short video as well as other related information such as in-class questions and activities. If you visit the blog's Assessment...

Smithsonian
Resource Type: Career Information

Videos on specific Earth scientists and the different work they accomplish in their respective fields.

Tags: volcano, oceans, moon
1991, United States Department of the Interior (DOI), United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This report contains instructions and a pattern for making a 3-D paper model of a volcano. This model is intended to help students and others to visualize a stratovolcano (inside and out) and to learn some of the terms used by geologists in describing it. By constructing and examining the model...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Some areas of the world are susceptible to frequent earthquakes. Other areas of the world have a history of volcanic eruptions. Unfortunately, many areas such as Japan experience both volcanoes and earthquakes. In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to investigate...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
1991, United States Department of the Interior (DOI), United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This report contains instructions and patterns for preparing a set of four, 3-D paper models that schematically illustrate the development of island coral. The first model is of a shield volcano that extends above sea level, making a volcanic island. The second is of the original shield volcano...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
UNAVCO
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Data from the EarthScope's Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) is used by middle, high school, and introductory geology students in a module exploring Yellowstone National Park. Specifically, students incorporate PBO's high-precision GPS data with data on Yellowstone's seismicity, heat flow,...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
FEMA, American Red Cross, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity lists materials needed (for home and school use) in case of emergency or natural disaster. Following a natural hazard, basic services – electricity, water, gas, telephones – may be cut off for days. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice. You probably won’t have time to...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Teach the Earth
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity is a laboratory-style exercise that involves investigating the physical controls on viscosity by pouring different syrup mixtures down an inclined plane and using Jeffreys equation to calculate viscosity. Students time the syrup flows and then calculate viscosities. The four sets...

Grade Level: 11, 12
Utah Geological Survey (UGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Geological features constitute anything from major landforms such as mountains or plateaus, to ripple marks or glacial striations on a rock. The geological processes, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, erosion, and deposition are what create or change geological features. Mountains are...

Grade Level: 3
Education.com
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Earth is very much alive, even its rocks shift and change. Practice geology vocabulary with this challenging crossword puzzle. But there's a twist--you must first match up each word with its definition to find out where it goes in the puzzle. Your student can brush up on his/her earth...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

At the close of the 18th century, the haze of fantasy and mysticism that tended to obscure the true nature of the Earth was being swept away. Careful studies by scientists showed that rocks had diverse origins. Some rock layers, containing clearly identifiable fossil remains of fish and other...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Alaska’s volcanoes, like its abundant glaciers, charismatic wildlife, and wild expanses inspire and ignite scientific curiosity and generate an ever-growing source of questions for students in Alaska and throughout the world. this guidebook serves to provide locally relevant and useful resources...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this investigation, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the many geological features in our country's national parks. You might not realize this, but a large number of the national parks were created because of their amazing geology. Just think of the geological features of Yellowstone...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earthquakes, a scientific and physical phenomenon, affect our lives in many ways. In this project, students use Real-Time earthquake and volcano data from the Internet to explore the relationship between earthquakes, plate tectonics, and volcanoes. Students will use real-time data to solve a...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A volcano is a vent in the surface of the Earth through which magma and gasses erupt. Volcanic eruptions are among the Earth's most powerful and destructive forces, but volcanoes are also creative. Volcanoes have also shaped the Earth's landscape, as many of our mountains, islands, and plains...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Event-Based Science Project
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Volcano! Activity provides Landsat images from NASA that will help you select the best route for a road that will allow the residents of Orting, WA to escape before a mudflow from Mt. Rainier covers their town. Participants prepare a map outlining a proposed escape route for the residents....

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Utah Geological Survey (UGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

What are geological features and processes? Well, the features constitute anything from major landforms such as mountains or plateaus, to ripple marks or glacial striations (grooves) on a rock. The geological processes, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, erosion, and deposition are what...

Grade Level: 3
Destination Education, Inc.
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Through letter writing, people can communicate with others no matter where they are. Based on a true story of the eruption of Paricutin Volcano in Mexico, a volcano is born in a poor farmer’s corn field. At Volcano National Park in Hawaii, LeVar is only 2,000 feet from a major eruption of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
British Geological Survey (BGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A simple schematic of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano summit, crater and ash plume as seen on Blue Peter's Make It. It is intended as a simple guide to understanding how volcanoes such as Eyjafjallajökull are influenced by tectonic plate activity along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It also shows the...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This report contains instructions and a pattern for making a three-dimensional paper model of a volcano. This model is intended to help students and others visualize a stratovolcano (inside and out) and to learn some of the terms used by geologists in describing it. By construction and examining...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity is intended to help students and others to visualize a stratovolcano (inside and out) and to learn some of the terms used by geologists in describing it. By constructing and examining the model, students will obtain greater appreciation of the relationship between the internal...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is currently investigating the diversity within the deepwater habitats of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. On this expedition, scientists are closely examining hydrothermal vent sites, mud volcanoes, subduction zones, seamounts, and the variety of...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1996, Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaii
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity students will use cake batter to simulate surface lava flows. The experiment demonstrates many of the key features of a'a flows, though not of whole pahoehoe flow fields, which are fed by lava tubes.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Scripps Classroom Conection (SCC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students are introduced to the two main types of volcanoes, stratovolcanos and shield volcanoes, including how volcanoes form and explain their basic structure and composition. The goal throughout the entire unit is to provide students with a foundation of information about the different types...

Grade Level: 9
2014, Smithsonian, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore volcanoes as windows into the Earth's melted interior. Meet Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell, a geologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Understand how you are connected to the interior of the Earth through cycling of gases and other materials. Uncover the evidence about geologic...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2008, Thirteen/WNET, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this Nature lesson, students will learn about different types of volcanoes, how and why they erupt and the physical impact of volcanic eruptions.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Ocean Explorer's Education Theme Pages present ocean science topics like Archaeology, the Arctic, Bioluminescence, Cold Seeps, Deep-Sea Corals, Seamounts, and Vents and Volcanoes. Each page has links to essays, lessons, multimedia interactive activities, career information, and associated past...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: oceans, noaa, volcano
2006, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson plan, students are introduced to a variety of natural hazards and explore how understanding these threats makes us better able to avoid or reduce their potential harmful impact.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2006, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students investigate the processes that build volcanoes, the factors that influence different eruption types, and the threats volcanoes pose to their surrounding communities. They use what they have learned to identify physical features and eruption types of several actual volcanic episodes.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
OneGeology.org
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

OneGeology Kids provides youth-tailored information on geology subjects: what geology is, maps, rocks and minerals, fossils and dinosaurs, earthquakes, volcanoes, geology around the world, energy, water, earth processes, and how to get involved.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students use ice cream glaciers and hot wax lava flows to simulate the interactions of glaciers and lava flows. This lesson plan is part of the "Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard" curriculum, created through a partnership between Mount Rainier National Park and the US Geological Survey...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The website is based on a four-part television series that tells the stories of natural disasters, the scientists who struggle to understand and predict them, and the people whose lives are forever changed by them. The site contains original articles that explain the science behind volcanoes,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
UNAVCO
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Integrating the applications of geodesy into the secondary and undergraduate curriculum broadens students' exposure to modern measurement techniques such as global positioning system (GPS), airborne or terrestrial lidar (TLS), and gravity. Scientists use geodesy as an approach to understand the...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore how plates move on the surface of the Earth. Change temperature, composition, and thickness of plates. Discover how to create new mountains, volcanoes, or oceans.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2000, National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The purpose of this guide is to provide additional material to educators interested in using the Stratovolcanoes of the World poster published by the National Geophysical Data Center in August 2000. For each volcano featured on the poster, NGDC provides a map showing the location of the volcano...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Children model how the Moon’s volcanic period reshaped its earlier features.  The children consider that the broad, shallow impact basins — which had formed earlier while it was a “kid Moon” — contained cracks through which magma seeped up. Children use Rice Krispies Treats® to create a model...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Geology.com
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Geology.com features a collection of classroom activities and lesson plans. Browse through topics covering astronomy, earthquakes, erosion, maps, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, volcanoes, water, and weather.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Which type of classroom eruption best hsows how volcanoes erupt? Students will be evaluating different types of classroom eruptions to gauge which best shows how eruptions are triggered.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Dynamic Earth is an interactive website where students can learn about the structure of the Earth, the movements of its tectonic plates, as well as the forces that create mountains, valleys, volcanoes, and earthquakes. The first section focuses on the layers that make up the Earth - from the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
GeoBlox
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is a color version of a composite cone (stratovolcano) paper model.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Today, there are many active volcanoes worldwide. Is there anything we can do to predict how and when they erupt? Click through this interactive as it tells you about how volcanoes form, possible forecasting techniques, and coping with volcanic eruptions.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
GeoBlox
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is a black and white version of a composite cone (stratovolcano) paper model.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

According to the theory of plate tectonics, Earth's crust is composed of a number of individual plates that change shape and position over time. Geophysical evidence indicates that the face of Earth's surface has changed significantly since its initial formation and that the plates on which the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Traditional geologic maps — sometimes crisscrossed with lines, blotted with colors, and marked with strike and dip symbols — have been used to depict the geologic makeup of the Earth for many years. New technologies such as satellite-enabled remote sensing are allowing geoscientists to create...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Oregon State University (OSU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Chapter 1 focuses on Plate Tectonics looking at the Earth's layers, Earth's evolution, and plate movement. Lessons included in this chapter: Earth's layers, Pangea to present, How Earth's Plates Move.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Oregon State University (OSU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Chapter 2 focuses on earthquakes and Volcanoes. Lessons included in this chapter: Earthquakes - the rolling Earth, Volcanoes, Volcanic Terms.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The American Institute of Professional Geologists lists educational resources from a variety of organizations. Browse through topics such as: earthquakes, energy, environment, fossils, minerals, volcanoes, water, and general earth science resources.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
JOIDES Resolution
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Outreach Department's mission is to raise awareness about ocean drilling science and its central role in our understanding of the Earth's past, present and future, teach science content and process, ad inspire careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Our approach includes use of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The focus of this activity is on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. Students will: construct a model of a volcano; produce...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Could the effects of a volcano be felt 50 kilometers away? 500 kilometers away? 5000 kilometers away? Could life on the other side of the world be effected by an eruption? Could an earthquake occur where you live? Can buildings or people survive an earthquake? Is there a common cause for...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Brooks Coal Mine, Colorado, circa 1905
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students will explore their creativity and critical thinking while they imagine a cave environment and create an organism that lives in their cave. Their cave will be one of the types mentioned in the preceding pages, but their organisms will be of their own imagination.

Cave in Carlsbad Caverns
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Caves form through a variety of natural processes depending on their local geology and climate. Flowing lava, melting ice, dissolving rock, and crashing waves are the major processes that form these wondrous environments. In this activity, students will observe a model of how the most common...

Cacti in the Sonoran Desert
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students study natural features of Mesa Verde and make conclusions about how early inhabitants settled there.

Mauna Ulu on the east rift of Kilauea. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Traditional geologic maps — sometimes crisscrossed with lines, blotted with colors, and marked with strike and dip symbols — have been used to depict the geologic makeup of the Earth for many years. New technologies such as satellite-enabled remote sensing are allowing geoscientists to create...

Topaz Sample
Classroom Activities
Association of American State Geologists (AASG), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

With this activity from the Association of American State Geologists, students can use local geologic maps to research types of rock in their area.

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