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The Birth of Rocks    Mystery 1

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In this Mystery, students will explore the patterns of where volcanoes exist in the world today and where volcanoes have existed in the past. In the activity, students will use coordinates to locate volcanoes in different regions of the world to identify a major pattern of volcanoes known as the Ring of Fire.

Could a volcano pop up in your backyard?

Beginning Exploration (1 of 6)
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Discuss:

Before we go any further, I’m curious to hear your ideas.
Do you think it’s possible for a volcano to pop up in your yard? Why or why not?

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Beginning Exploration (3 of 6)
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Beginning Activity: Mapping Volcanoes
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Activity Prep

Step 1: Print materials.

For each group of 8 students, print one set of Volcano Mapping Sheets .

  • For 8 students, print 1 set.
  • For 9 to 16 students, print 2 sets.
  • For 17 to 24 students, print 3 sets.
  • For 25 to 32 students, print 4 sets.

For each pair of students, print:

For yourself, print

Step 2: Other supplies.

Each pair of students will need:

  • a red pencil to mark volcanoes on the map
  • pencils to write with

At the end of the activity, you will need:

  • wall space
  • pins or tape to fasten the maps to the wall
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Beginning Exploration (4 of 6)
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Discuss: This map shows the other volcanoes in the world. Are there any close to where you live?

volcanoesonworldmap

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Beginning Exploration (6 of 6)
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Beginning Complete!

You've completed the Exploration & Activity!

If you have more time, view the assessment, reading and extension activity in the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
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Volcano Resources

Here are some great resources for volcano research:

Here’s some information students might include in their reports:

  • Where is this volcano?
  • When did it last erupt?
  • What is most interesting about this volcano?
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Lesson Image
Llaima eruption by Urbatem2 , used under CC BY-SA
Exploration
stromboli by Steven W. Dengler , used under CC BY-SA
ground cracks by Rémih
Paricutin by K. Segerstrom, U.S. Geological Survey
lava flows by RBM
Mount Yasur by Eten over Zee , used under CC BY
Mt. St. Helens crater by R. P. Hoblitt
collecting lava by R.L. Christiansen
crater by MONUSCO Photos , used under CC BY-SA
Trimble Knob by Raph Levien , used under CC BY
Activity
ducks by Arne List , used under CC BY-SA
pencil by Charm
Other
split rocks by Rosino , used under CC BY
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