Lesson Plan : Introduction to Volcanoes

Teacher Name:
 Lauren Bernal
 Grade 6

 Students will identify what they know about volcanoes and what they would like to learn about volcanoes. Teacher will provide students with information and answer the questions: What is a Volcano? What do volcanoes look like? and How do eruptions differ? Key Vocabulary: Volcano, magma, gases, fissures, eruptions
 The goal of this lesson is to get to know the students and to understand their prior knowledge about volcanoes. Also, the goal is to determine what interests the students have in regards to the topic of volcanoes so that future lessons can be tailored to their needs.
 Students will determine what they know about volcanoes and what they would like to know. Students will learn what a volcano is and how it forms and erupts. Students will also understand and explain each key vocabulary word.
 Volcano video, large chart paper and markers, Plastic tray, vinegar, red food coloring, narrow plastic container, sand, baking soda, goggles, PowerPoint presentation, computer, drawing paper
 Teacher will begin a volcano video as soon as students walk in and get settled. Students will watch the video of volcanoes erupting and witness the damage they create. In front of class, teacher will begin by making a model volcano erupt to spark student interest. Teacher will have already built up the mound of sand and placed narrow tube filled with baking soda inside the center of the sand pile. When students arrive, teacher will pour the red vinegar into the tube and and begin the eruption process. After the eruption is done, teacher will ask students to turn to their group and discuss what just happened and how they felt about it.
 Teacher will begin by asking "what do you think we are going to be learning about for the next week? and Do you think you will enjoy this topic? Teacher will ask students to talk with their shoulder partner about the question, then using a random selection tool, the teacher will pick a few groups to share their thoughts. Teacher will reaffirm that over the next week, the class will be learning all about volcanoes: how they work, why they erupt, different types of volcanoes and the damage they cause. Next, teacher will explain that today the students will be making a K-W-L chart in small groups about volcanoes to begin the exploration of volcanoes. Students are to use large chart paper to fill in the K- What they already know about volcanoes and the W- What they want to know about volcanoes. All students in the group must participate in discussion and presentation of the group's chart. Teacher will begin with a powerpoint presentation on volcanos. Focusing on what they are, how and why they erupt and the different types of eruptions. Students will be exspected to take notes during this time. Teacher will stop frequently to give students time to Think pair share about the topics presented.
 Teacher will send students to their groups and hand out materials. Students will work together to fill in the two required parts, while the teacher walks around to provide guidance and/or insight.
 Students will be grouped, so that there is a range of different learning styles and abilities. This will ensure that all students are supported.
Checking For Understanding:
 Teacher will use K-W-L charts to determine students prior knowledge and what they want to learn to guide future lessons. Students will be expected to turn in this paper on their way out of the classroom. Teacher will use these journals to determine what the students learned that day and what needs to be covered in the next lessons.
 Teacher will remind students that tomorrow they will begin their journey into volcanoes and ask them to prepare themselves for what is to come.
 Again, teacher will use K-W-L charts from the class time to evaluate where the students are and the next steps to take.

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