Guiding Questions: What causes volcanoes? What are some examples of global volcanoes? What are volcano hazards?
Critical Content: Learn how the Sunset Crater Volcano is an example of a recent volcanic eruption, and how that eruption did and has affected the area.
Student Objectives: Students will …
The web quest itself is broken up into 3 distinct investigations, each targeted at answering a key question. Students will be given one of 3 investigation sheets to complete at the computers, which will create the groups for part 2 of this lesson. For the second part of this lesson, students will group up based on which investigation they completed. In these groups, students will compare the answers they found, and then create a poster or whiteboard presentation that answers their key question. These presentations can be as simple or detailed as the teacher would like to make them.
This lesson may work as a standalone lesson for students to "virtually" visit the monument without having to leave school, or can work well as a pre-field trip introduction.
Sunset Crater Volcano Web Quest! Group 1: What causes volcanoes? Download
Sunset Crater Volcano Web Quest! Group 2: What are some examples of global volcanoes? Download
Sunset Crater Volcano Web Quest! Group 3: What are volcano hazards? Download
Part 1: Day 1
Step 1: Divide the class into 3 groups. Each student will receive a computer lab worksheet that associates
with that group and its primary question.
Step 2: Go to the computer lab. Students should work on answering the questions on their worksheet either individually or in partners. This is dependent on how many computers are available and up to the teacher's preference.
Step 3: Students will complete the worksheet, and explore the websites to gain knowledge and ideas to
present to the class. Each student should focus on answering the question at the top of their worksheet.
Part 2: Day 2
Step 4: Students will group up in the classroom according to the worksheet they completed. In these
groups students will need to compare the answers they got to the rest of their groups.
Step 5: Hand out either whiteboards or poster paper and drawing materials to each group.
Step 6: As a group, students will create a presentation that answers their key question associated with their groups' worksheet. Post these additional topics somewhere on the board for the students to include in their presentations as well.
Step 7: Each group will present their findings to the class, and show how they answered their primary question. It is up to the teacher to decide how to grade these presentations, and how the students are made responsible for the information. It is recommended that students take notes.
Step 8: OPTIONAL but recommended. Take a field trip to Sunset Crater Volcano!
Students will complete a worksheet in the computer lab, and a group presentation to share their answers.
It is suggested that classes visit Sunset Crater National Monument and compare what they saw in the lab to what they can see at the monument itself. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is a great place to see how natural disasters caused people to move and adapt. Check out a lava flow and see which plants have come back and taken root out of the lava flows. Check out the displays, information and seismograph at the Visitor Center.
This was a great way to get my students to see a local volcano without being able to leave the classroom. Though it would have been great to take my students in person to the monument, circumstances made it impossible. It was so nice to still be able to go virtually and see what the park has to offer, and even inspire a few students to go on their own with their families after this activity!
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