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Distribution of Active Volcanoes Exercise

Teaching materials by John C. Butler - Starting Point page by R. Teed (SERC).
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This page first made public: Aug 10, 2006

This material is replicated on a number of sites as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service Project

Summary

This worksheet is intended to direct students working independently in a 6-week volcano exercise within an online geology course. The exercise consists of a series of questions plus helpful links and a map. The students collect and plot data, then interpret the results and answer questions about the geologic causes and the human effects of volcanic eruption. The exercise includes role-playing (individual) and a virtual field trip.

Learning Goals

The purpose of this unit is to:

Context for Use

This exercise is part of an online course, but could make for a good series of homework assignments or in-class projects for a face-to-face class. There are eight questions, ranging from a simple definition to a two-page paper.

Teaching Materials

The Distribution of Active Volcanoes Exercise (more info) includes a map of plate boundaries the students will need to print out. Different-color markers and computers with Internet connections will be needed for various questions.

Teaching Notes and Tips

This exercise includes an individual role-playing project: question 7, a newspaper article about funding a convention center in an area with serious volcanic hazards.

Assessment

All of the questions involve written answers and were intended to assess inquiry activities.

References and Resources

Interactive approaches to role-playing that involve volcanoes are:


Subject

Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology, Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings

Resource Type

Activities:Project, Classroom Activity, Activities, Lab Activity

Special Interest

Hazards

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Ready for Use

Ready to Use

Theme

Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Plate Tectonics, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Petrology, Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Volcanoes, Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Hazards

Earth System Topics

Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Earth Materials:Rocks, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Igneous Processes, Volcanoes

Topics

Petrology:Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Volcanology, Human Dimensions/Resources

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