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  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Volcano Fan Club

    Students simulate tephra transport by placing ingredients in front of running fan, and mapping the resultant layers. 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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate, Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Landscapes, Volcanoes
  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Tephra Explorer

    Students view distribution patterns of tephra layers found around Mount Rainier and discover their source. 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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Landscapes, Volcanoes
  • Mount Rainier National Park

    A String of Volcanoes

    Students research information about Cascade volcanoes in Washington, Oregon, and California, then transfer the information onto the appropriate mobile piece before constructing the mobile "A String of Volcanoes". 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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Landscapes, Volcanoes
  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Magma Mash

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Volcanoes
  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Lahar in a Jar!

    Lahar in a Jar!

    Explore how small amounts of water can mobilize loose rock to form lahars by making a small lahar within the safety of a beaker or jar and analyzing it using scientific methods. 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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Environment, Geography, Geology, Hydrology, Landscapes, Volcanoes
  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Fire and Ice

    Fire and Ice

    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 Cascades Volcano Observatory.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate Change, Earth Science, Environment, Geology, Glaciers, Hydrology, Landscapes, Volcanoes
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park

    Earth Cookies

    Earth Cookies

    Students prepare cookies the day before the activity. Students then compare and contrast different types of cookies and igneous rocks and classify them according to their structural make-up and ingredient composition.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Physical Science
    National/State Standards:
    California State Standards
  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Earth Blocks

    Students explore a riverbank with a geologist and learn about the Law of Superposition by arranging and interpreting Earth Blocks. 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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, History, Landscapes, Volcanoes
  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Fire, Flood, and Fury!

    Fire, Flood, and Fury!

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geology, History, Volcanoes
  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Soda Bottle Volcano

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Volcanoes