of the Unit: Volcanoes
Description of the Unit:
The purpose of this unit is to develop a basic understanding of volcanoes. This unit contains three lessons, two PowerPoint presentations and a Webquest. It will provide an opportunity for students to investigate the characteristics of volcanoes and the effects volcanoes have on the Earth’s environment.
Description of Supporting Lessons:
1. Lesson I - Introduction to Volcanoes:
This lesson helps students develop the background knowledge that is necessary to understand the basic characteristics of volcanoes.
students will view PowerPoint presentation on how to create a model volcano.
will view a compressed video presentation explaining procedure for erupting
their model volcano that will be created at the completion of this lesson.
2. Lesson II Volcano! :
will investigate volcanic eruptions and participate in a disastrous scenario of
Students will create and present a volcano PowerPoint reflecting their understanding of volcanoes.
3. Lesson III Volcano- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:
will research positive and negative effects of volcanic eruptions.
will use Microsoft Word to write Compare/Contrast paper.
completing a webquest on Pompeii, students will investigate the disastrous
effect of the
This unit is intended for 5th through 6th grade students. Students should have basic computer knowledge and be able to navigate on the Internet. Students should also know how to use Microsoft Word and create a PowerPoint presentation.
This unit should take approximately 2 weeks to complete.
The goal of this unit is to develop basic understanding of volcanoes.
TLW demonstrate their knowledge of volcanoes.
demonstrate their ability of using the Internet.
understand the destruction of Pompeii.
create a model volcano.
demonstrate their knowledge of PowerPoint.
demonstrate their knowledge of Microsoft Word.
Webquests - Lessons are included to implement this into the regular curriculum. Rubrics are included for grading.
Web posted PowerPoint presentation- The PowerPoint presentations were developed to help students understand types of volcanoes and to create a model volcano. Compressed Video of the lesson presented to the distance learning site.