Activity Overview

In this activity, students will identify the relationship between scientific concepts about volcanic activity and our world.

The example explains the relationship between volcanic eruptions and current topography of Hawaii.

  • The Hawaiian Islands were formed by eruptions in the middle of the Pacific Plate.
  • Hawaii is constantly changing; the eruptions of the Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes add hundreds of acres of new land.
  • Old lava flows are quickly weathered by waves into rocks and black sand.
  • Depending on the type of eruption, cooled lava can create a rough tangle of sharp rocks or a smooth, billowy surface.

Template and Class Instructions

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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/5/3] Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

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