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VOLCANOES

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5 Websites for Children
Topic Activities
Software Reviews

5 Great Websites for Students

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This website is erupting with information about volcanoes. In this website students have the opportunity to learn about volcanoes, plate tectonics, and the ring of fire from visually animated pictures. Students will also be able to build their own volcanoes by learning about viscosity and gas and then adjusting those two elements to make your volcano erupt.

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This website has all the information that you will need to make your own real life volcano. The website gives you a list of directions and materials that you will need to make your volcano erupt. This is a great idea for a class project or just for fun at home.

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Volcano World is website with a pile of cool information about volcanoes. Volcano World has all kinds of cool pictures of volcano eruptions and it also has a watch on volcanoes, monitoring when there next eruption might be.

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This website is great for beginners and even experts who are wanting to learn how, why, when volcanoes erupt. The USGS website gives you step by step instruction on how volcanoes formed and erupt, why they erupt, and factors that determine when they may erupt in the future.

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Volcanic Eruptions is a website that shows the structures and different types of volcanoes. It also shows the small elements that cause volcanoes to erupt and talks about rock fragments that form after an eruption.

Topic Activities

Can You Make Your Own Volcano?

Primary Learning Outcomes
  • The students  will learn how a volcano erupts.
Materials
  • http://kids.discovery.com/games/pompeii/pompeii.html
  • Science Log
Procedures
  • Go to the website, http://kids.discovery.com/games/pompeii/pompeii.html , and click enter.
  • Click on build your own volcano and watch it erupt.
  • Look at the two different categories, viscosity and gas, and see how they determine how a volcano erupts.
  • Adjust each category, make notes of what cause the eruption, and determine how viscosity and gas are directly related a volcano erupting.


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Learning About Plate Tectonics.

Primary Learning Outcomes
  • The students  write text of a length appropriate to address the topic or tell the story.
Materials
  • http://kids.discovery.com/games/pompeii/pompeii.html
  • Markers
Procedures
  • Go to the following webstie, http://kids.discovery.com/games/pompeii/pompeii.html, and read about plate tectonics.
  • When finished go to Microsoft Word and type a few sentences about what you learned from plat tectonics.
  • In your paragraph write about volcano structure and other elements of volcanoes.

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The surface of Volcanoes


Primary Learning Outcomes
  • The students will identify surface features caused by destructive processes:  volcano.
Materials
  • http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/ritter/geog101/textbook/volcanic_landforms/volcanic_features.html
  • Pencil
  • Paper
Procedures
  • Go to the following website, http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/ritter/geog101/textbook/volcanic_landforms/volcanic_features.html and read about the surface features of volcanoes.
  • Once you have finished reading sit quietly.
  • Once everyone is finished I will assign groups.
  • In your group you are to determine as many volcano features as possible in the allotted time.

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  Software Reviews


Microsoft Word
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Title of software program Word.
Published by Microsoft.
Explain how the software can be used with this topic to enhance learning.
  • Microsoft Word would be a great software to use for students to type up a paper pertaining to volcanoes. It is simple to use and allows students to develop there skills on the computer while they work on their report.
Evaluate the software.  What problems can one anticipate when using this program?
  • I believe that Microsoft Word is a very valuable tool for students who are interested in typing a paper. I do believe that if students have problems typing or experience computer problems that it maybe be frustrating and difficult.

Microsoft Paint

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Title of Software Program: Paint
Published By: Microsoft
Explain how the software can be used with this topic to enhance learning.
  • Paint is a great software program that will allow students to express themselves through arts. Once the students have finished learning about volcanoes they then can draw their picture of what a volcano might look like.
Evaluate the software.  What problems can one anticipate when using this program?
  • This is software is fairly simple. The only downfall is that the students may have problems forming the perfect picture they may want because of its simplicity.


Encarta for Kids

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Title of Software Program: Encarta for Kids
Published By: Microsoft

Explain how the software can be used with this topic to enhance learning.

  • Students can use this software to learn how to use the encyclopedia.  This software is great for looking up information of actual volcanoes and gives great facts about them as well.
Evaluate the software. What problems can one anticipate when using this program?
  • This software is often relied on internet access so that means the most of the time the students will be using Encarta over the web. This means that teachers ans parents should give strict directions and monitor where the students are going.

National Geographic.com for Kids

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Title of Software Program: National Geographic.com for Kids
Published By: National Geographic

Explain how the software can be used with this topic to enhance learning.

  • Students can use this software to learn about different volcanoes and then quiz themselves over what they've learned.  Students can also click on the big red oval to see a volcano explorer in action.
Evaluate the software. What problems can one anticipate when using this program?
  • This software could lead students into other areas of national geographic and cause them to get off task. Also on the websites are different games that students may spend to much time on instead if learning about volcanoes or other subject areas.

Magic School Bus:  Blows Its Top

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Title of Software Program: Magic School Bus:  Blows Its Top
Published By: Scholastic's Magic School Bus

Explain how the software can be used with this topic to enhance learning.

  • Students can use this software to learn about volcanoes by joining Ms. Frizzle and her class.  The students will travel with Ms. Frizzle through a volcano and learn fun facts while trying to determine why a volcano erupts.

Evaluate the software. What problems can one anticipate when using this program?
  • This software could lead students into other areas of science that they are not instructed to go to. The students will also need computers that have Shockwave 7 or Flash 4 for the program to work properly.


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