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Volcanoes Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of volcanoes. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Volcanoes 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Volcanoes Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.

The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.

After completing the Volcanoes 5E Lesson, students will be able to describe the parts of a volcano, identify the four different volcano types, explain how volcanoes are formed, and identify where most volcanoes on Earth are located.

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The Volcanoes Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.

In this lab, students will create a model of one type of volcano, then share it with other groups. Students will sketch each type of model and identify the parts of a volcano.

The Volcanoes Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.

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Volcanoes Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about volcanoes. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.


The Project, I Lava You - Rebuild After A Volcano STEM Challenge uses the engineering design process to study the history and past eruptions to help you predict a good location to build a new community.

Students will be using collaborative skills such as brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on their progress during the project.

At the end of the Project, I Lava You - Rebuild After A Volcano STEM challenge, students are given an opportunity to share their projects outside of the classroom.

Year-Round Resources

These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Visual Data & Graphing

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

Bell Ringers and Warm-Ups

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Review Board Games

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.

Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the volcanoes unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • What are the parts of a volcano?
  • What are the four types of volcanoes?
  • What processes form volcanoes?
  • Where are volcanoes located on Earth?
  • MS ESS2-2 - Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales
  • MS ESS3-2 - Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects

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