Earth’s materials: volcanic eruptions (Interdisciplinary Learning)

Four lessons giving an introduction to volcanoes and various aspects of geology: Volcano Experiments,
“The Debate to Save Heimaey”, Volcanic Eruption Research, and a Field Trip.

Educational Level 2 and 3
(SCN 2-17a, SCN 2-19a, SOC 2-07b, SOC 3-07a, TCH 2-02a, LIT 2-02a, EXA 2-14a)

This resource makes use of a variety of educational approaches to introduce learners to volcanoes and various aspects of geology. There are four lessons in this resource that lead on from one another.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Volcanos
Lesson 2: Eruption of Eldfell - The Debate to Save Heimaey
Lesson 3: Volcanic Eruption Research
Lesson 4: Arthur’s Seat Field Trip

Created as part of the School of Geosciences’ Outreach Programme, which allows students in their final year to work in partnership with a local school to develop a set of lesson plans.

Author: Isla Simmons
Unless otherwise stated all content is released under a CC-BY 4.0 license.

Cover image is: Fissure eruption in Holurhraun (Iceland), 13. September 2014 by Joschenbacher (Wikimedia), licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.


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  • Lesson-1-Introduction-to-volcanoes.pptx
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  • Lesson-2-Eruption-of-Eldfell.pptx
  • Lesson-2-teachers-guide.pdf
  • Lesson-2-teachers-guide.docx
  • Lesson-3-Comparison-of-volcanoes-and-earthquakes.pptx
  • Lesson-3-Volcanic-hazards.pptx
  • Lesson-3-teachers-guide.pdf
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Created: Aug 4, 2017

Updated: Feb 12, 2020


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