Volcanoes Theme Page
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" that supplement the study of volcanoes. CLN's
theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a
narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students
and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help
them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials
(lesson plans), which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
General Volcanoes Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources that contain information
and/or other links related to volcanoes. Please read our
- Earth's Active Volcanoes
- Location, updates, images, and information on active volcanoes in the world,
by geographic region.
- [The] Electronic Volcano
- A meta-list of links to volcano Websites.
Planets in the Classroom:Volcanology
- Five hands-on activities that are provided in classroom-ready pages for
both teachers and students for exploring volcanology.
the Environment: Volcanoes
- This module is part of "Exploring the Environment" (ETE) from NASA's Classroom
of the Future. In ETE, high school students are faced with a real life problem,
and their goal is to use problem-solving skills and internet-based data (e.g.,
remotely sensed satellite images) to propose and defend a solution. A Teacher's
Guide is available. This link is to the ETE home page since it gives the easiest
access to necessary introductory and teacher information. To access the volcanoes
module, click on "Modules and Activities" and then "Volcanoes." Students will
have four situations from which to choose.
- Global Vulcanism Program
- From the Smithsonian Institution, the GVP "seeks better understanding of
all volcanoes through documenting their eruptions--small as well as large--during
the past 10,000 years." Check out their monthly Bulletin of the Global Volcanism
Network (and archives) for on going eruption reports from local observers.
Access names (and in some cases eruption reports) on volcanoes thought to
have been active in the last 10,000 years, either geographically or alphabetically.
- Link-to-Learn contains classroom activities (or lesson plans) that involve
students' use of the Internet. This link is to their index of activities,
that is organized by grade level. There are a number of lesson plans about
volcanoes in their Science section.
Technological University Volcanoes Page
- Michigan Tech's Volcanoes Page provides information about volcanoes to
the public. Amongst these pages you will find information about current global
volcanic activity, research in remote sensing of volcanoes and their eruptive
products, hazard mitigation, "Decade Volcanoes", links to government agencies
and research instititions, and even some volcano humour.
- A three-week teaching unit from the Core Knowledge Website for Grade 4
students that covers volcanoes as well as the composition of the earth, earthquakes,
mountain building, Earth's surface changes, and rocks. Plenty of suggested
student activities are provided within the unit.
- Stromboli is a continuously active stratovolcano situated in the Aeolian
Islands between Sicily and the Italian mainland. In addition to basic information
on the volcano (e.g., eruptive history, geography, maps, etc.), the site offers
several virtual tours of the mountain with options for additional side trips
along the way.
for Earthquakes and Volcanoes
- In this week-long lesson plan, middle school students research earthquakes
and volcanoes on the Internet. Topics include: continental plate boundaries;
interaction between plate boundaries; causes of earthquakes and volcanoes;
and the comparison of the formation of Olympus Mons on Mars and the Hawaiian
- TrackStar is an online interface that allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various Websites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one Website, then move on to the next topic at another Website. The list of
topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain on
track. Explorations of the Websites beyond the designated instructional content
is also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "volcano"
will produce numerous hits. Caution #1: Many (most?) of the Websites that
these lessons access will already be on this CLN page - it's the creation
of lesson objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that
make the lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality
of the lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding Websites, sequencing
the tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.
States Geological Survey
- There are quite a number of resources on volcanoes within this USGS.
- [The] Volcanic Home Page
- News, photographs, and animations of volcanoes and volcanic action are
at the top of this page, but there's much more, including an extensive metalist
of links to other volcano Websites, organized alphabetically.
- The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency sponsors this "FEMA for Kids"
site on volcanoes. Children can learn about volcano facts, Mount St. Helens,
Pele the Volcano Goddess, and disaster intensity scales.
and Global Climate Change
- A NASA document providing information on Volcanoes and Global Cooling,
Volcanoes and Ozone Depletion, and Monitoring the Effects of Volcanoes.
- A 1998 Think Quest winner, this site offers a comprehensive introduction
to volcanoes and plate tectonics. In addition to explanations about the concepts,
students can search their database of volcanoes or play learning games. Teachers
have access to a small selection of lesson plans.
Volcano Information Center
- Information about volcanoes is provided by topic, including features of
volcanoes, volcanic eruptions, and volcanic hazards. There are also links
to other Websites for data not included with the VIC.
Trailhead aka : Tramline Volcano Field Trip
- This is the starting point for a virtual field trip on volcanoes from Tramline.
Experts in the subject have selected a number of Websites on volcanoes and
arranged them in a sequence to tell a story for students to follow. Students
can move from one Web stop in the field trip to the next with ample opportunity
to explore within the individual Website as they wish. However, since their
Web browser page has been split into an inner part (showing that stop in the
field trip) and an outer part (giving navigational tools to go through the
entire field trip), they can always return to their "tram" and go to the next
stop. To be effective, teachers would have to ensure that student browsing
through the field trip sites was purposeful. Teacher guides can be printed.
- VolcanoWorld brings modern and near real time volcano information to specific
target audiences and other users of the Internet. VolcanoWorld draws extensively
on remote sensing images (AVHRR, Landsat TM, Magellan, Gloria, etc.) and other
data collections. Value has been added to this data by relating each image
to geologic processes, and by encouraging users to analyze images with provided
algorithms. VolcanoWorld offers a number of lessons and activities, which
students and teachers may find helpful in their quest to learn more about
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content
in Volcanoes. For other resources in Science (e.g., curricular content in Earth
Science, General Science, Life Science, or Physical Science), or for lesson
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