An in-class simulation where students play the role of scientists providing information about the possible eruption of volcanoes on an island.

Have your students list to this 9-minute podcast on how volcanoes are monitored (this is optional)

You split your glass into these groups:

Deformation team
Well water and Weather team
Seismic team
Eruption Center

You are provided with slips of paper with data for each team for each time period.  Each team has instructions on what to do with the data – and how they have to provide a report to the Eruption Center team who announce the current eruption status to all.

You start by handing the first data slip to each team and let them analyze the data and provide advice to the Eruption Center.  After 10 mins you hand the next slip.  Then after 8 mins the next…each time reducing the time putting pressure on the teams to do their job.

This is an exciting, interactive activity – and noisy!

Be prepared for fun!

And check this document out – Sara Young developed these slides on how she runs it in her class!

A teacher’s guide and the data sheets on Powerpoint/Google Slides are provided for members.

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Podcast Episode (find it here)

Downloadable activity (Download)

Thunder Island – podcast and then volcano eruption simulation activity
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