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String A Volcano

A view of Mount Adams from Mount Rainier.
A view of Mount Adams from Mount Rainier. Both mountains are part of the Cascade Range.
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Overview: Most of the world's active above-sea volcanoes are located near convergent plate boundaries where subduction is taking place. Through books and online research, students will summarize and transfer information onto the mobile volcano pieces for Japan and the Cascade Mountain Range. Students then should be able to compare and contrast the history and major features of the volcanoes. This lesson is adapted from USGS Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard curriculum.
Grade Level:
Objectives: Students will:
  • Become familiar with important aspects about each of the 20 volcanoes
  • Identify sources of information about Cascade and Japan Arc volcanoes
  • Summarize main ideas to compare facts
Lesson Plan:
String a Volcano - word, 45KB
String a Volcano - pdf, 139KB
Resources: String a Volcano Cascade Cards
String a Volcano Japanese Cards
String a Volcano Japanese Volcano Background Info

Did You Know?

Artist rendering of the Osceola Mudflow releasing from Mount Rainier.

About 5,600 years ago the summit and northeast face of Mount Rainier fell away in a massive landslide accompanied by volcanic explosions. The Osceola Mudflow, a towering wall of mud and rock, thundered down the White River Valley where it deposited 600' of debris eventually reaching the Puget Sound.