Lesson Plan : Volcanoes

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 Grade 5

 Types of Volcanoes
 Key vocabulary words: basalt, Shield Volcano, Composite Volcano, Cinder Cone Volcano, Ring of Fire, magma, lava, fire wall, lava channels, lava tubes, Pahoehoe Lava, A'a flow, convex, eruption, mantle, igneous rock, cinders
 Students will be able to create a concept map describing the volcano type assigned and give a presentation to the class or small group. Another goal for the student to use oppropriate choices from internet sites when researching for examples and facts about volcanoes to be applied to their concept map. Gain more experience working with computer technology and research.
 Standards for technology are as follow: Technology productivity tools -students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. -Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works. Technology communication tools- Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences. -Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences. Technology research tools-Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources. -Students use technology tools to process data and report results. -Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks. The student will describe the three types of volcanoes, communicate how each type differs. The student will become an expert on one volcano type and present findings. The student will experiment with computer technology when creating a concept map to explain their findings. The student will be able to creat a concept map and present with hidden notes and picture examples.
 Class set of Types of Volcanoes information sheets, Volcano posters, paper model copies of Composity, Cinder Cone, and Shield Volcanoes, World map, video or filmstrip on volcanoes, computer(s) with internet access, National Geographic magazines, Inspiration software, book titled "The Finches Fabulous Furnace" by Roger W. Drewry, book "Magic School Bus Inside the Earth" by Joann Coles, resource access for further books on volcanoes
 Read aloud to the class (large group setting) the book titled "The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth" by Joann Coles.
 After book is read aloud to class break students into small groups of three. Explain to students that each group will be responsible for one Volcano type--they will become an expert on their volcano--and then after research and concept map is completed with information they will then take their finished product and present to their peers. Each group will teach the other members in thier group about the Volcano type. Teacher will go over a prepared concept map to the class and explain expectations--hand out rubric for assignment. Students will be introduced to a few vocabulary words that are within the teachers concept map. After all directions and presentation of teacher concept map students can break into groups and start working on project.
 Explain to students they need to meet in their groups and explore their options on presenting their concept map information sheet for their volcano type. Students can use outside books and other resources provided in the classroom to collect facts about their volcano. Students then can explore on the internet sites what picture examples and facts they might want to share. After reasearch is collected from their independent practice groups will discuss their findings and see what inforamtion will be used for presentation/teaching to the other groups. Group will create another concept map with finished product that will be presented by each student to the another group (3) present their expertise to the others and take notes from the other students presentations.
 If their are ESL students in the class provide directions to student in primary language. Students that need visual assitance then a screen will be provided to help with students needs. Provide students with one on one help if needed when creating concept map and collecting research from the internet and other resources.
Checking For Understanding:
 Teacher observation of students progress of concept map will help to assess students facts and explanations of volcano type. Individual concept map and final concept map will allow teacher to assess students progress and understanding--expert of volcano type.
 After presentations are completed teacher can read the book titiled "The Finches Fabulous Furnace" by Roger W. Drewry. Teacher will then review all the facts and explanations about each volcano type to the class and then can move on to the next volcano activities.
 Teacher observes how students on doing by the creation of their concept map--if extra time is need--allow for extra time and be available for one on one assistance. Teacher can ask questions to make sure students are on track with their project.
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