Overview: Volcanoes: Powerful Forces of Nature

Overview
of Star Witness news story: Volcanoes: Powerful Forces of Nature
Description:
Star Witness news story: Volcanoes: Powerful Forces of Nature describes volcanic eruptions and their effects — both here on Earth and around the solar system. Volcanoes on Earth, such as Mount Pinatubo, are compared to volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io, Mercury, and Mars. The story also highlights how ground-based observatories, space telescopes, and Earth-observing satellites have helped scientists have a better understanding of the impact of volcanoes on Earth and on our solar system neighbors.
Format(s) available: Printer-friendly web page; also, downloadable PDF, including story and images
Grades: 5-8, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher’s discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Star Witness news: Volcanoes: Powerful Forces of Nature as:

A content reading selection. You can discuss the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary with students prior to having them read the selection.

An engagement activity. You can have students read the selection and then explain how technology has helped scientists learn about volcanoes on Earth and in the solar system.

An inquiry tool. You can propose questions to students, such as "Where are there volcanoes in the solar system and what causes them?" Students can then read the selection to find the answers and record new questions for further research or investigation.

A source of information. You can have students read the selection and participate in a class discussion by using the selection's associated "Discussion Questions."

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Overview: Volcanoes: Powerful Forces of Nature