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  • In an exploration of magma behavior, students role-play minerals that are cooling at different rates, and then examine rock samples. 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 Cascades Volcano Observatory.

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    andesite, chemical elements, continental crust, extrusive, granite, granodiorite, igneous, intrusive, lava, magma, magma chamber, mantle, mineral, obsidian, oceanic plate, plutonic, solidus, tephra, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Cascades Volcano Observatory
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Amazing Lava Products: Grades 5-12

    Mauna Ulu

    Meeting at the site of one of the longest eruptions in recorded Hawaiian history, we take you on a journey through post eruption, debris, formations, and creation. Using science, math and history, students are able to take an in-depth look into the after effects of volcanic activity in Hawai'i, as well as gain a better understanding of the different formations created in the process. From tree molds to reticulite we bring these creations to life as we explore the science behind them. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geology, History, Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Wahikapu o Pele "Sacred Place of Pele": Grade 4

    The Halema‘uma‘u Crater; The Home of Pele

    From the summit of the Kīlauea volcano students will embark on a journey back through time to discover the cultural significance of Pele. Through stories, plants, and chants the deity of Pele comes to life. Leaving students with a deeper understanding of Hawaiian thinking as well as the ability to understand the connection of science and folklore.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Geology, History
  • A ruler is used to measure the layers in a completed geology shoebox.

    Model depositional processes from volcanically active areas using sediments in a shoebox. Interpret geologic events from layers in a classmate's shoebox model and draw a stratigraphic column graphic. 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 Cascades Volcano Observatory.

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    Average: 1.0 (34 ratings)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    Law of Superposition, stratigraphic column, volcanic ash, volcano, measure, demonstrate, compare, interpret, observe, apply, analyze, conclude, tephra, lahar, pyroclastic flow, stream gravel, lava flow, landslide, rock fall, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard, Cascades Volcano Observatory
  • A drawing depicts a figure in Native American clothing observing a lahar spreading across a valley floor with Mount Rainier in the background.

    Native American oral traditions chronicle geologic events in the recent history of Mount Rainier. These stories are read, interpreted, and illustrated by students with the use of storyboards. 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 Cascades Volcano Observatory.

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    Average: 1.0 (35 ratings)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geology, History, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    lahar, metaphor, oral history, Native American, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Cascade Volcano Observatory, volcano
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    See, Touch and Hear: Preschool

    ‘Ōhia Lehua - Hāpu‘u Rainforest

    Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has special things to see and touch. It is a beautiful place to discover special plants and animals by using your senses.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Cultural Uses of Native Plants: Grades 6-12

    Kīpuka Puaulu - a special ecological area

    In a journey through Kīpuka Puaulu students will discover the importance of biodiversity, the traditional Hawaiian uses of native plants, the continued value of these plants into the modern era and an appreciation for the ongoing need to protect Hawai‘i's natural resources.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Ecology, History
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    How Devastating Can It Be? Grades 6-12

    Kīlauea Iki fountain eruption in 1959

    The often dramatic and voluminous eruptions that occur on Kīlauea volcano can wipe out forest far from the actual eruption site. Students examine the aftermath of one such eruption on location; using scientific practice and historical evidence to understand the changes caused by the eruption, and how the land in the area is still changing today.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geology, Mathematics, Science History, Volcanoes
  • A teacher holds a plastic bottle with white bubbles streaming from the top, demonstrating the Soda Bottle Volcano.

    Examine how gases provide for explosive volcanic eruptions by making comparisons to gases in a soda bottle and by conducting a carefully controlled "eruption" of baking soda/vinegar or soda water. 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 Cascades Volcano Observatory.

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    conduit, magma, magma chamber, exsolution, fumaroles, pumice, scoria, throat, volcanic ash, demonstrating, inferring, observing, predicting, pressure, gases, volcano, crater, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard, Cascades Volcano Observatory
  • Excerpt of a map illustrating the lava flow ridges that make up Mount Rainier.

    Students investigate the influence of magma viscosity on the shape of a volcanic cone. Then, they explore nature and motions of lava flows and learn about the importance of lava flows as the building blocks of Mount Rainier. 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 Cascades Volcano Observatory.

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    Average: 1.0 (33 ratings)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    predicting, data collecting, recording, measuring, graphing, volcano, crater, lava, andesite, landforms, stratovolcano, composite volcano, shield volcano, cinder cone, eruption, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard, Cascades Volcano Observatory
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