Tried and True: Volcano résumés by: Sandra Rutherford and Cindy Corlett

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Tired of building a paper mâché volcano to teach about plate tectonics? Do you want to connect science and writing? Then the volcano résumé project is perfect for you. This one-week, problem-based learning (PBL) project requires students to research a specific volcano and then create a résumé for it that describes its location, physical characteristics, eruption history, and additional information of interest. Students are also required to include references for the information included on their résumés.

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  • on Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:48 AM

I recently used this idea with my freshmen Earth Science class when we had technology issues with a movie and I needed something immediately. It was a life saver. Students chose their own volcano. On the first day, they did their research and on the second day, they wrote their resumes. I loved that the rubric was included and was so straightforward. All I provided was several links as starting point. It was a great end of the unit review for us.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:26 PM

This article presents an interesting and unique approach to having students do research about volcanoes. The authors use a project-based learning approach that might work for any specific earth process or event that can be researched and addressed. A neat idea for sure.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:13 PM

I love this idea. This is a perfect way to get students to study Volcano's without the mess and expense of a traditional 3-D volcano model. It also provides an example which is a must for me. Great

LeRoy A
LeRoy A

  • on Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:27 PM

I have used this idea in my classroom for the past two years and it has become one that is talked about school wide! Easily adaptable to be an individual, partner or small group project. My special needs students feel great satisfaction and extensions can easily be made for higher level learners. Computer resources are encouraged, but if you lack techno in your school students would still be successful in the final project. Rubric included. One of NSTA's best!

Alyce Dalzell  (Peyton, CO)
Alyce Dalzell (Peyton, CO)

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