Hot Rocks Mini-Lesson
Objective: Students will review hot spots and learn about the different kinds of lava that flow from active volcanoes.
Suggested Time: 15 minutes
Reading Level: Upper Elementary
Volcanoes erupt red-hot lava. Sometimes the lava oozes gently from a hole in the ground. At other times it is thrown into the air MORE
Print or Project
- A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
- Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work. (Example: Is it a good idea to label the photo of the volcanologist as "Spaced-Out Suit?" Why or why not?)
Click the thumbnail slides below to see the captions and kid-friendly copy up close.
- Continue the Conversation: Sometimes volcano flows are referred to as "bulldozers." Ask students why this might be a good word to describe the lava's action. Ask them to suggest words that might describe other aspects of a lava flow. Cue them to think about heat, speed, and color.
- Write about it: Ask students to write a publicity trailer for a movie about volcanoes that will be called "River of Lava." Encourage them to use descriptive language that would entice people to come see the show.
Reinforcements: These worksheets will be useful as you further develop your teaching unit. The Word Power worksheet will give your students vocabulary practice with key terms from this mini-lesson and the related activity will help reinforce key concepts on volcanoes and earthquakes.
Word Power Vocabulary
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