Culminating Activity:

Students will research the famous volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. The students will describe the eruption; explain the type of eruption and its long-term effects on the environment, as well as its effects on human life.


Approximately 4  60-minute class periods


Content Standards Used/Unit Goals/Objectives Supported:

ESS-M-B1    investigating how fossils show the development of life over time

ESS-M-A3   investigating the characteristics of volcanoes and identifying zones where they may occur

ESS-M-A5   identifying the characteristics and uses of minerals and rocks and recognizing that rocks are mixtures of minerals

ESS-M-A7   modeling how landforms result from the interaction of constructive and destructive forces


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