Earth Science Volcanoes

Here is a list of awesome resources teachers can use in their classroom when teaching about volcanoes. On this page teachers will be able to find activities, videos, worksheets, websquests, science experiments, and other fantastic ideas that teachers can use with their students during their study of volcanoes. All activities and videos have been proven successful and interesting during volcano units. To the left you will see filters that allow you to filter by grade level as well as what type of volcano activity teachers may be looking for in order to better engage their students while learning about volcanoes.
  • Volcano Limnic Eruption
    Volcano Limnic Eruption
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    In this video students get to hear and see a really rare volcanic eruption. These are silent killers called limnic eruptions. Limnic eruptions occur when a gas bubble builds up and then gets released...Read more
  • City of Pompeii
    City of Pompeii
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    During my unit on volcanoes I have the students do some research on some famous volcanoes. Mt. Vesuvius is one. This video shows a quick tour of the city of Pompeii and discusses how they made casts...Read more
  • Pyroclast Flow caught on tape
    Pyroclast Flow caught on tape
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    I show this video when discussing pyroclastic flows. This is a pyroclastic flow that killed a few people in Japan a couple of years ago. It is pretty impressive video as people try to protect...Read more
  • Arenal Eruptions
    Arenal Eruptions
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    I have actually been to the Arenal Volcano. It is a beautiful site. The volcano erupted sending down a pyroclastic cloud killing several villages in one of the towns close by. It then erupted off and...Read more
  • Paricutin Eruption
    Paricutin Eruption
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    I show this volcano video when discussing cinder cone volcanoes. Paricutin erupted in the 1943 and erupted for 9 years afterward. It occurred on fairly flat land in a farmer's cornfield. This video...Read more
  • Surtseyan Eruption Style
    Surtseyan Eruption Style
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    This volcanic eruption style is called Surtseyan, named after the island of Surtsey. Surtseyan volcanoes erupt below the surface of water.Read more
  • Lava Dome Eruption
    Lava Dome Eruption
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    I show this volcanic eruption when trying to discuss the different types of eruptions. This one is called a lava dome eruption. Lava Dome eruptions stay pretty close to the vent and are very thick...Read more
  • Vulcanian Eruption Style
    Vulcanian Eruption Style
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    I show this volcanic eruption when trying to discuss the different types of eruptions. This one is called a vulcanian eruption.Read more
  • Strombolian Eruption
    Strombolian Eruption
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    I show this volcanic eruption when trying to discuss the different types of eruptions. This one is called a strombolian eruption.Read more
  • Pahoehoe and Aa
    Pahoehoe and Aa
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    I show this video when discussing the different types of volcanic eruptions. This volcanic eruption style is a Hawaiian style. The lava does a great job demonstrating Pahoehoe and Aa lava types.Read more
  • Japan Volcanic Eruption
    Japan Volcanic Eruption
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    This video shows a recent eruption that occurred in Japan. I like showing this volcano video because it shows the eruption at night where you can see the lava bombs break open when they hit the...Read more
  • Yellowstone Super Volcano
    Yellowstone Super Volcano
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    I show this volcano movie discussing and teaching about Yellowstone past eruptive periods. This video is a fictional docudrama that is very well done. The science for the most part is accurate and...Read more
  • Yellowstone supervolcano
    Yellowstone supervolcano
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    This is a short video that does a good job describing the Yellowstone Supervolcano. It does a great job show the potential of large magma chambers. This volcano video will also talk about how much...Read more
  • Anak Krakatoa Volcanic Eruption
    Anak Krakatoa Volcanic Eruption
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    In this volcano video, students will be able to see a many climb up Krakatoa's child, Anak. I find this video fascinating because it vividly shows the results of recent volcanic activity. Your...Read more
  • Krakatoa The Last Days: Volcanic Eruption
    Krakatoa The Last Days: Volcanic Eruption
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    This is a full length movie about the famous volcanic eruption of Krakatoa. It is a docudrama of real people who survived the the volcanic eruption. It did a great job showing how the collapse of...Read more
  • Volcanic Molten Magma Flows: Aa and Pahoehoe
    Volcanic Molten Magma Flows: Aa and Pahoehoe
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    I show this video during my unit on volcanoes when discussing the two Hawaiian volcano flow types, Pahoehoe and aa lavas. It shows both very well and I have the students shout out what type as the...Read more
  • Volcano Eruption Types: Pahoehoe and Aa
    Volcano Eruption Types: Pahoehoe and Aa
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    I show this video during my unit on volcanoes when discussing the two Hawaiian volcano flow types, Pahoehoe and aa lavas. It shows both very well and I have the students shout out what type as the...Read more
  • Volcano goes boom
    Volcano goes boom
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    This volcanic eruption video is fantastic. A few people are on a boat when they see the eruption. What is amazing about it is the shock wave that is heard a few seconds afterward. Also you will be...Read more
  • Volcano Web Research Activity
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    In this web research activity students will research 14 volcanoes via the internet. All of these volcanoes are famous for either their size of eruption or the continuous eruptions that they have...Read more
  • Geyser Eruption Demonstration Lab
    Geyser Eruption Demonstration Lab
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    In this demonstration, students will get a better understanding of what a geyser is and what makes it function the way it does. I was worried about trying this at the high school earth science level...Read more
  • Limnic Eruptions
    Limnic Eruptions
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    A limnic eruption occurs when a poisonous gas gets "belched" out of the bottom of a lake where it was building up pressure. This video discusses 2 famous limic eruptions and what scientists are doing...Read more
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    This video demonstrates a science experiment on the formation of calderas. The idea is great. Either show the video or demonstrate the formation with your students.Read more
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    This volcano video demonstrates and discusses how composite and shield volcanoes are created and describes their lava type.Read more
  • Volcano Unit Outline
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    This website is awesome as it contains a complete 2-3 week unit on the study of volcanoes. The unit has experiments, worksheets, quizzes, documentary links and the individual lesson plans. It is very...Read more
  • Waxy Magma
    Waxy Magma
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    Demonstrate how magma is more bouyant than the surrounding earth material. Volcanoes erupt simply because the melted rock rise up through cracks in the crust. This science experiment will easily...Read more
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    Find out how Kelvin tried to give an age to the Earth. This video answers why the Earth is very warm as you go deeper into it. This video also talks about the layers of the Earth, convection currents...Read more
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    This video talks about the 1816 "Year without a Summer," which was caused by Mt. Tamboara. The video also discusses other volcanoes that caused global disasters, including the supervolcano found in...Read more
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    This short animated video demonstrates how volcanoes form near plate boundaries as well as in the middle of plates due to hot spots. The video also shows the three layers of the Earth, crust, mantle...Read more
  • Earthquake Volcano Video
    Earthquake Volcano Video
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    Here is a full length featured documentary about volcanoes. This would be great to show on days you might need a substitute lesson plan.Read more
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    Here is a great video that introduces volcanoes. It is very visual and the music fits.Read more
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    Find out how scientist create electricity near volcanoes. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});Read more