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Volcanoes: A Weather Watch Activity

Scholastic's explosive activities bring students face-to-face with volcanoes, sharing how they're formed, why they erupt, and more.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Computer Lab Activities

Volcanoes, part of Scholastic’s Weather Watch: Severe Weather and Natural Disasters series, offers students a comprehensive look at volcanoes through fun, compelling reading and interactive activities.

  • The Basics: Students read an introduction on volcanoes, including how they’re created and why they explode.
  • In-Depth: This three-page reading activity, with charts and images, covers the following topics:
    • What causes a volcano to erupt?
    • What happens at hot spots?
    • How do volcanoes create rock?
    • What are the different types of volcanoes?
  • Experiments: Chocolate and marshmallows erupt during this edible student experiment that demonstrates the properties of lava!
  • Witness Account: Students read the captivating story behind “the volcano that shook the world” — the 1883 volcanic eruption in the Indonesian island of Krakota.
  • Words to Know: Students read an article on volcanoes while adding missing key words to complete sentences.
  • Experts Say: Volcanologist Dr. Stanley Williams answers kids' questions in an interview with Scholastic, including what is the biggest volcano, the oldest, and how you can tell if a volcanic eruption might occur.
  • Be Ready!: Students learn the warning signs that tip off scientists a volcano is ready to erupt, what to do if there’s a chance of an eruption near you, and what to do after one erupts.
  • Explore the Ring of Fire: A map of the largest concentration of volcanoes located along a belt circling the Pacific Ocean.

Susan Cheyney

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