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Science Grade 7 e-Mission Volcanoes

Science Grade 7 e-Mission Volcanoes

2-3 Weeks

Structure of the Earth causes changes on the surface.

Volcanoes have different characteristics that can affect life on the surface.

Monitoring of seismic activity can aid in predicting volcanic eruptions.

What is the structure of the Earth? How do we know?

What are volcanoes, how are they formed, how do they work, and how do they affect life?

How do we monitor volcanic activity?

How can we predict volcanic eruptions?

(1) MST1 Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
(1) MST2 Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
(1) MST3 Students will understand the concepts of and become proficient with the skills of mathematics, communicate and reason mathematically, and become problem solvers by using appropriate tools and strategies, through the integrated study of number sense and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and statistics and probability.
(1) MST4 Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.
(1) MST5 Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
(1) MST6 Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
(1) MST7 Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.

Diagraming the structure of the earth, including tectonic plate boundaries.

Describing volcano types and characteristics.

Calculating, graphing and analyzing seismic data to predict volcanic eruptions.

Formulating recomendations to protect residents from volcanic dangers.

inner core

outer core


upper mantle


tectonic plates

convection cells

hot spots

divergent boundary

subduction zone

Ring of Fire


magma chamber


pahoe hoe

a a

explosive eruption

effusive eruption

lava flow

pyroclastic flow






parasitic cone



shield volcano

stratovolcano (composite)

cinder cone


land deformation

ash cloud


volcanic tremor




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Read Works articles

Bill Nye videos

UPCO ILS Review book


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