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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.

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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 disclaimer.

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.

Exploring Planets in the Classroom:Volcanology
Five hands-on activities that are provided in classroom-ready pages for both teachers and students for exploring volcanology.

Exploring 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 Classroom Activities
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.

Michigan 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.

Rock My World
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 Online
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.

Surfing 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 volcanic chain.

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.

United 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.

Volcanoes and Global Climate Change
A NASA document providing information on Volcanoes and Global Cooling, Volcanoes and Ozone Depletion, and Monitoring the Effects of Volcanoes.

Volcanoes Online
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.

[The] 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.

Volcano 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.

Volcano World
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 volanoes.

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