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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: "Eruption at Mt. Kiluea"
Submitted by: Laura Cabrera on Oct 20, 2011
Date Last Modified: Oct 25, 2011
Title: "Eruption at Mt. Kiluea"
Description: Students will view a video of an eruption at Mt. Kiluea, which is located in Hawaii that occurred on July 5th to July 6th, 2007. Students will view concepts previously presented and learned such as magma, lava, crater, magma chamber, etc. Essentially, students would apply knowledge learned pertaining to volcanic eruptions (how and why they occur) while watching this video. After the video, a class discussion will be held to clarify/reinforce science concepts pertaining to volcanic eruptions and discuss students’ observations. After the class discussion, students will respond to question prompts by incorporating observations conducted while watching the video and concepts learned pertaining to volcanoes (in terms of plate tectonics). Assessment: A class discussion will be utilized as an informal assessment of students’ progress towards the learning objectives. This informal assessment will also be utilized to provide clarification, assistance, feedback, etc. The discussion is designed to obtain students’ reactions, observations, and ideas pertaining to the video. Teachers can utilize the following questions: “What did you see?” “What did the lava look like?”, and “What do you think caused this eruption?” Several question prompts will assess students’ progress toward the learning goals of this activity. The questions are the following: 1. Describe how Mt. Kiluea erupted. You may include what you have learned so far about volcanoes and volcano eruptions in your response. Include drawings to help explain your answer. 2. Why do you think Mt. Kiluea erupted? 3. Name and describe one thing you would want to learn more about volcanoes after watching this video? 4. Why is it important to learn about volcanoes?
Type of Task: Student-centered, Teacher-centered
Time Required 50 minutes (20 minutes for video and class discussion) (30 minutes for the assessment questions
Topics: Earth Science, Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes
Course: Grade 6
Audience: Grade School
Prerequisites Skills: Prerequisite Skills: Students that have been provided with adequate opportunities to learn about volcanoes will be able to successfully complete this assignment. Students that have investigated, analyzed, and studied concepts relating to volcanoes (ie: how and why they occur in relation to plate tectonics) will be able to successfully complete this assignment. Since the video demonstrates the processes that occur during a volcanic eruption, it is imperative that students possess familiarity or had sufficient learning opportunities with volcanoes (how and why they occur in relation to plate tectonics). Teachers will need to be able to have reliable access to the internet because this video is displayed online (www.usgs.gov). Teachers will also need to have “QuickTime Player” installed in their computers because this video is displayed via “QuickTime Player”. Teachers will also need to have access to a projector or an ELMO machine so that all students will be able to see this particular video. Thus, this video will need to be displayed via an ELMO machine. Teachers will also need to have basic technological competency in order to successfully complete this activity (ie: browsing the internet, playing videos on the internet, etc.) Since this video demonstrates the processes that occur during a volcanic eruption, teachers should show this video at the end of their respective plate tectonics or volcano units.
Learning Objectives: Students will explain and describe a volcanic eruption in terms of plate tectonics (ie: magma reaching the surface, volcanic eruptions result from motion of the Earth’s plates on top of molten material). Students will participate in a class discussion sharing their respective observations, reactions, and thoughts in relation to volcanic eruptions (in terms of plate tectonics). Students will apply concepts previously learned throughout the “volcano unit” when responding to several question prompts. Students will reflect on their experience (watching the video) and create meaningful connections between concepts learned in this activity and throughout the unit to their lives.
Technical Notes: Teachers will need to be able to display videos in QuickTime (.mov) format. Teacher’s computers also require the Apple QuickTime 7 plugin and a broadband connection.
Text of Learning Exercise: Teachers will need to be able to utilize the video correctly when providing clarification during the class discussion (if necessary). If a student needs clarification on any portion of the video, for instance, teacher will need to be able to manipulate the “ball” (displayed at the bottom portion of the video where the “play” button is located) that students will be able to view the respective portion that needs further clarification. Additionally, teachers will need to possess knowledge in how to stop and start the video (if necessary).
Additional Information URL: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/gallery/kilauea/volcanomovies/movies/Ep57%20drainback%20-%20July%205-6,%202007-small.mov
Assessment: A class discussion will be utilized as an informal assessment of students’ progress towards the learning objectives. This informal assessment will also be utilized to provide clarification, assistance, feedback, etc. The discussion is designed to obtain students’ reactions, observations, and ideas pertaining to the video. Teachers can utilize the following questions: “What did you see?” “What did the lava look like?”, and “What do you think caused this eruption?” Thus, teachers can provide clarification, assistance, or feedback to students based on students’ responses to these particular questions. Several question prompts will assess students’ progress (formal assessment) toward the learning goals of this activity. Students’ responses will be used to determine whether they have satisfied the learning objectives of this activity. The questions are displayed below: Directions: Based on what you saw in the video of an eruption at Mt. Kiluea and what you have learned about volcanoes so far, please answer the following questions. 1. Describe how Mt. Kiluea erupted. You may include what you have learned so far about volcanoes and volcano eruptions in your response. Include drawings to help explain your answer. 2. Why do you think Mt. Kiluea erupted? 3. Reflect on your experience watching the video. What was the most interesting part and why? 4. Name and describe one thing you would want to learn more about volcanoes after watching this video? 5. Why is it important to learn about volcanoes?
Content Builder URL: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/gallery/kilauea/volcanomovies/movies/Ep57%20drainback%20-%20July%205-6,%202007-small.mov
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