Distribution of Active Volcanoes Exercise
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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.
The purpose of this unit is to:
- Acquaint students with the distribution of volcanoes and its relationship to Earth's tectonic plates.
- Explain what hot spots are.
- Stress the different types of plate boundaries.
- Teach students about volcanoes as a geologic hazard.
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.
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.
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:
- The Sleeping Mountain: which includes some specific information and links on the dangers of living (or even investing) near a Cascades volcano
SubjectGeoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:
Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Geoscience:Geology:
Tectonics, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:
Volcanology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:
Classroom Activity, Activities,
Grade LevelCollege Lower (13-14):
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Earth System TopicsSolid Earth:
Plate Tectonics, Earth Materials:
Rocks, Human Dimensions:
Human Dimensions/Resources, Solid Earth:Petrology:
Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings,
ThemeTeach the Earth:Teaching Topics:
Volcanoes, Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:
Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:
Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:
Hazards, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:
Petrology, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics: