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This article uses a historic cataclysm to teach modern science. This study of Krakatoa offers an opportunity to correct common student misconceptions about volcanoes.
This article starts out with an excellent discussion of the Krakatoa volcanic eruptions in the late 1800"s. Then it goes on with a series of easy activities to familiarize students with aspects of a volcano.
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)
In a unit on Krakatoa the author shows how an interdisciplinary scientific inquiry activity can be used in the classroom. The article begins with a "curiosity starter", readings; moves on to "sensory priming" classroom activities, which engage all five senses; and follows up with a "scientific wanderings" phase, in which students form questions for further investigation. Each phase is described fully and a rubric for assessment is included. In the scientific wanderings, a sample set of questions is listed. This leads the students to select a topic to further investigate. This article describes a great way to incorporate research and inquiry into the curriculum.
This has a nice simple way to have some hands-on activity for an introduction to volcanoes. There is not a lot of depth but it would be a nice way to grab the students attention to kick off a unit.