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School District:De Smet
Unit of Study Title:Volcanoes
Grade Level:6-8
Time Frame:1-2weeks
Key Words:science, volcano, earthquake,plate tectonics
Unit Designer:Mark Birkel
Unit Designer
Date Added:6/14/2002 10:39:19 AM
Date Last Revised:6/14/2002 10:39:19 AM
Topic Area:Science
Peer Reviewer:Jodi Altenburg
Peer Reviewer

Brief Summary of Unit: Summary: Students will gain an understanding of how volcanoes work, where they are located, different types of volcanoes, and how they impact the environment
Students will Understand: Students will have a better understanding of forces within the earth and how these forces change the earth and can influence the environment.

Link to Standards #1

Students will explore, evaluate, and communicate personal and scientific investigations to understand the nature of science.
Students will identify and evaluate the relationships and ethical implications of science, upon technology, environment, and society.

Indicator:Indicator 1: Understand the various structures and processes of the Earth system
Benchmark(s):investigate interrelationships among structures of the systems of Earth.
describe forces that have historically shaped Earth
Other Content Standards:Nature of Science Standard
Indicator 1: Understand the nature, value, and application of scientific knowledge.

analyze science as a body of knowledge and an investigative process.
investigate how science requires fundamental assumptions in order to understand natural phenomena

Other Components
Essential Questions to Guide this Unit and Focus Teaching and Learning: How can gaining a knowledge of forces within the earth help us to understand how these forces can shape the earth, as well as influence the environment.
Key Knowledge and Skills Students will Acquire: Students will be able to understand how volcanoes work.
Students will be able to understand how volcanoes affect the environment and shape the earth.
Students will understand how volcanoes are related to earthquakes and plate tectonics
Assessment Plan: Evidence: writing assignment, rubric, worksheets, test
Learning Activities: Lab (Make a model of a volcano) using clay, power point presentation by instructor, hands on internet explore activity by students using and to find information on volcanoes, Ch.10 (pp. 264-286) reading assignment from Glencoe Earth Science textbook, pp.41-44 reinforcement worksheets from Glencoe, pp. 41-44 in the study guide workbook from Glencoe, and a writing assignment that explains how volcanoes work and how they affect the environment
Notes:If you don’t have the Glencoe series, you can still find the information from the sites listed. If you have any other questions regarding this unit, please email me at
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Adapted from the the work of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. Understanding by
Design. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA. 1998.

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