Krakatoa Erupts!by: Renee Clary and James Wandersee

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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.

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  • on Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:59 AM

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)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:06 PM

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.

Sue Garcia
Sue Garcia

  • on Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:11 PM

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.

Bruce Donker
Bruce Donker

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