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Keywords: Volcanoes, Science, Technology, English
Subject(s): Technology, Writing, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar, Science
Grade 3
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
View Full Text of Standards
School: W R Odell Elementary School, Concord, NC
Planned By: Kimberly Martin
Original Author: Kimberly Martin, Concord
Lesson Title: Volcanoes
Subject Area(s): Language Arts/Science/Technology
Grade Level: 3rd

Lesson Summary
Students will learn about volcanoes through the use of research on the Internet. The students will construct a model of a volcano after completing research on volcanoes. The students will see the physical changes that occur when the students erupt their completed models for the class.
The students will submit their drawings of their models to the Volcano World website.

Learning Objectives
• Create a working model of a volcano
• Small Groups will submit competed photos and drawings of projects to a Volcano website

NL-ENG.K-12.8 – Development Research Skills

Students use a variety of technological and information resourses (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

NC Standard Course of Study Computer/Technology Skills – Grade 3

Competency Goal 1: The learner will understand important issues of a technology-based society and will exhibit ethical behavior in the use of computer and other technologies.

1.03 – Recognize, discuss, and use responsible and safe behavior in the use of technology resources.

Competency Goal 3: The learner will use a variety of technologies to access, analyze, interpret, synthesize, apply, and communicate information.

3.04 – Identify, discuss, and use multimedia to present ideas/concepts/information in a variety of ways as a class.

NC Standard Course of Study
English Language Art

Comprehension Competency Goal 2
The learner will apply strategies and skills to comprehend text that is read, heard, and viewed.

2.02 Interact with the text before, during, and after reading, listening, or viewing by:

• setting a purpose.
• previewing the text.
• making predictions.
• asking questions.
• locating information for specific purposes.
• making connections.
• using story structure and text organization to comprehend.


• Teacher Completed Volcano model
• Cross-Section Model of Volcano
• Reference Books on Volcanoes
• Computers in lab
• Flip Camera
• Clay
• Paper
• Flour
• Water
• Play-doh
• Funnels
• tubes
• Volcano Group Activity Sheet for research
• Double-Bubble Sheet for Comparing & Contrasting model to an actual volcano for research and report
• Paint
• Baking soda
• Vinegar
• Food Coloring

Computer Functions and Data Manipulation

Computer Function Computer Application Data Manipulation
• Use the Internet to research active and inactive volcanoes
• http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/education/models/index.html
• Microsoft
word will be used in lesson two when the students write a report on an active or inactive volcano they have researched during lesson one.
• Use the Internet to look at models of volcanoes
• http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/
• Post completed photos to the Volcano World website.
• http://volcanoworld.wordpress.com/category/volcano-activity-reports/

Specify Problem
Each student will learn about volcanoes through making a model of a volcano in a small group.
Do you know where the majority of the volcanoes are located? How many different types of volcanoes are there? Do you know what the Ring of Fire is and where it is located? You will decide the type of volcano you would like to construct with your group as you research volcanoes. Find the similarities and differences between the different types of volcanoes during the research.

Results Presentation
The small group will present their volcanoes to the class and describe what type of volcano they built and the type of materials they used and how they constructed the volcanoes. The students will received a group grade based on the rubric used for their projects.

Lesson Introduction
1. The teacher will begin the lesson with a K-W-L Chart.
2. The teacher will show the students a model of a volcano that she made and describe the materials she used to create the volcano and name the type of volcano she choose for this activity.
3. Show the students the model of a cross-section of a volcano so they will understand the different types of vocabulary when they are researching for their volcano project.
4. Randomly select students to work together in small groups using the pencils with student’s names written on them. This is a fair selection process.
5. Pass out the rubric to one member of the group.
6. The desired websites have been bookmarked on the computers by the technology facilitator.
7. Tell the students the different activities they will participate in this week and the applications that they will be using such as the Internet for research and submitting projects, Microsoft Word for writing reports and a final PowerPoint presentation for the class.

Computer Activities
Before the students go the to computer lab:
1. K-W-L Chart has been completed on volcanoes.
2. Volcano model made by the teacher is presented and discussed.
3. The cross-section of the volcano is discussed as well as vocabulary words.
4. The small groups assignments have been given out.
5. The rubric for the model was given to the students.

During the computer lab time:
1. Websites to use: http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/education/models/index.html
2. The
only websites the groups will view will be the ones that are bookmarked by the technology facilitator and a reminder of the rules will be issued to the class.
3. Students will write down information to use for their volcano models and collect research to use for their next research project.

When the research has been completed:
The group will return to the classroom and begin constructing their models. All of the materials are available for the students.

Supporting Activities
1. After the creating process is over the groups will present their models to each other.
2. The K-W-L chart will be used when the students explain what they have learned through the construction process.

Culminating Activity

The students will watch each group’s volcanoes erupt outside. The students will submit their drawings of their models to the Volcano World website.

Rotation Plan
The computer lab has 28 computers, but three are not working. The students will be assigned in groups of three for the project. Eight computers will be used because there are 24 students in the classroom. The students will be able to spread out in the computer lab as they research volcanoes.


Volcano Model Rubric
4 Score
Volcano Model No items were included Two items were missing Three items were missing All items were included
No eruption Minimal eruption Eruption was
Somewhat evident Eruption was
Overall Presentation No Project completed Half of the project was completed Missing less than half of the project Organized, well thought out


No Creativity No Attention to Detail & limited amount of material used Some attention to detail, color, & material used. Attention to detail clear, Good use of color. Different material used

Materials: Video Cameras, Camera Bags, Slideshow