North American Volcanoes Web Quest
In this in-class activity, groups of 2-3 students conduct web-based research on a North American volcano of their choice. Students are provided with a series of guiding questions to help focus their search. They construct a 5 minute presentation about their volcano based on their findings, which they then deliver to the entire class.
Synthesis and organization of ideas and oral presentation skills are developed by this activity.
Context for Use
This activity was designed to follow igneous rock classification and identification in order to teach the students about where these rock types are found and how they relate to eruptive style.
This peer-teaching format could easily be adapted to address any number of topics in a variety of courses.
Students download a Word document that they can type directly into as they conduct their research.
Once the presentations are completed, students should load them onto the main computer (e-mail, jump drive, course website, etc.). Once all of the groups are ready, they can begin their presentation.
Once all of the groups have presented, the instructor should make some concluding remarks emphasizing key points of the activity (especially connections to plate tectonic setting). Assignment electronic handout (Microsoft Word 41kB Jan31 08)
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
This is a great place to have the groups start when picking a volcano to research.
How Volcanoes Work
Good resource for background information.
Great for screen shots of maps locating the volcano.