Lesson Plan : Types of Volcanic Landforms

Teacher Name:
 Lauren Bernal
Grade:
 Grade 6
Subject:
 Science

Topic:
  Different types of volcanic landforms, how they are formed and how they erupt. Key vocabulary: Composite Cone Volcano, Cinder Cone Volcano, Shield Volcano
Content:
 Different types of volcanic landforms, how they are formed and how they erupt. Key vocabulary: Composite Cone Volcano, Cinder Cone Volcano, Shield Volcano
Objectives:
 SW learn the three types of volcanoes and be able to describe how each one is formed and the style in which each one erupts. Student groups become experts on one type of volcano and teach the class about their volcano. SW learn the three types of volcanoes and be able to describe how each one is formed and the style in which each one erupts. Student groups become experts on one type of volcano and teach the class about their volcano.
Materials:
 Large chart paper, markers, modeling clay, textbook, computers
Introduction:
 Teacher will begin the class by saying "cinder cone, shield and composite,turn to your back partner and discuss what you think we will be learning about today." Teacher will randomly select groups to explain what they think they will be learning about. Teacher will begin class by remiding students that they will have 10 minutes to finish up their project and get ready to present their type of volcano.
Development:
 Teacher will explain that cinder cone, composite and shield are all different types of volcanic landforms. The teacher will show various pictures of these types of volcanoes to spark interest. Then the teacher will explain that each group will be assigned one type of volcanic landform to become an expert on. Students may use their textbooks and the computer to come up with information about their volcano, how it is formed and how it erupts. Groups will be expected to write important facts on their chart paper about their volcano and to use the modeling clay to make a sample of their volcano. When finished each group will share their information and show their sample to the class. Teacher will go over rules for group work, including that everyone must participate in some way and all students must have a part in the presentation. At this point each student group will be given the time to present their important facts and decribe their volcano. Students in other groups will be expected to take notes on each type of volcano and draw a quick sketch of the way each one is formed. Teacher will add any missed information in when each group is finished.
Closure:
 Teacher will remind students that they will have a little more time at the beginning of the class to finish up and then the rest of the period tomorrow will be spent on sharing. Teacher will congratulate students on a job well done on the presentations. Teacher will remind students that tomorrow they will have a short test on volcanoes. Students will need to know how volcanoes are formed, their eruption patterns and the different types of volcanic landforms.
Evaluation:
 Teacher will use the group work and presentation to evaluate the students understanding of their type of volcano.

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