What is a Volcano?
Compare pictures of different volcanoes. Then visit NASA's Space Place to learn about volcanoes and answer questions about volcanic eruptions.
- Follow your instructor's directions to work alone or in groups. Check with your instructor on how to submit answers.
- Examine the images and answer the questions.
- Review the introductory information provided in "What is a Volcano?" available from NASA's Space Place to answer the following question.
- What are three ways magma can reach the surface of Earth?
- What Is a Volcano? (n.d.). NASA Space Place. Retrieved April 28, 2022, from https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/volcanoes2/en/
Teachers, these mini lessons/student activities are perfect "warm up" tasks that can be used as a hook, bell ringer, exit slip, etc. They take less than a class period to complete. Learn more on the "My NASA Data What are Mini Lessons?" page.
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Supported NGSS Performance Expectations
- 4-ESS2-2: Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
- 5-ESS2-1: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
- MS-ESS2-1: Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.