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Lauren Kitterman
7th Grade
Natural Science
"The How's, Why's, and Where's Volcanoes Explode
This WebQuest focuses on how volcanoes work, and how they are formed. Also it covers questions that are never answered.

Illinois Learning Goals & Standards:

Goal 3: Write to communicate for a variety of purposes.
    -Standard 3A: Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and
    -Standard 3B: Compose well-organized and coherent writing for specific purposes 

       and audiences.   
    -Standard 3C: Communicate ideas in writing to accomplish a variety of purposes.

Goal 4: Listen and speak effectively in a variety of situations.
    -Standard 4A: Listen effectively in formal and informal situations.
    -Standard 4B: Speak effectively using language appropriate to the situation and 

Goal 5: Use language arts to acquire, assess and communicate information.
    -Standard 5A: Locate, organize, and use information from various sources to answer
        questions, solve problems and communicate ideas.
    -Standard 5B: Analyze and evalute information acquired from various sources.
    -Standard 5C: Apply acquired information, concepts and ideas to communicate in a 
        variet of formats. 

Goal 12: Understand the fundamental concepts, principles and interconnections of the life, physical and earth/space sciences.
Standard 12E: Know and apply concepts that describe the features and processes of
       the Earth and its resources.

Goal 17: Understand world geography and the effects of geography on society, with an emphasis on the United States.
    -Standard 17A: Locate, describe and explain places, regions and features on the





#1: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. (C and D)

#2: Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to suppot individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. (A and B)

#3: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. (C)

#4: Students us critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. (B)

#6: Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. (B) 

    The citizens of Kailua, Hawaii have questions about what they should do when the local volcano erupts. Scientists have predicted that it will erupt very soon and the local islanders are scared. It is your job to help prepare them with as much information about volcanoes as possible and tell them what they should do in case of and eruption.

#1: Map the Volcanoes 
        -On the map provided, mark where active volcanoes are located in red and the
            dormant volcanoes in black. Also, locate any groups of volcanoes that have 
            special group names.
#2: Answer the "Interesting Question"
        -Each group will receive one interesting question which they are to answer in a 
            2-3 page paper that answers the entire question or questions and backs up the
            evidence and data that you collected.
#3: Presentation/Project
        -After you gathered as much information as possible your group will have to give
            an 8-10 minute presentation on what you learned. Be sure to incluse the answer
            to your "interesting question" and evidence in the presentation. With the 
            presentation your group will need a visual aid, make it something creative and
            fun (if you need ideas, ask for my help).


Interesting Question (one per group):

#1: What are the different types of volcanoes? Is there a pattern as to where these volcanoes are located?

#2: What happens if there is a volcano eruption? What do the citizens of the local town do? Where do they go?

#3: What precautions should citizens of a town near a volcano take?
#4: What new technology is allowing scientists to detect volcano eruptions? Can lava flow be diverted away from a local village or town?

    All of the members of your group will help with all parts and tasks of the WebQuest, but the person that is that specific role will be in charge of gathering and organizing the appropriate material for the group.

The scientist is in charge of all of the data and background information for the science content on volcanoes. The scientist will also be in charge of the project for the presentation.
            -Find as much information about volcanoes as possible.
            -Think of a creative project for the presentation (get my permission).
            -Use the scientific information to complete all of the tasks.


The geologist is in charge of the map of volcanoes. They will have to mark the map provided with the appropriate things listed in Task #1.
            -Find where active and dormant volcanoes are located.
            -Use the map to mark all of the volcanoes.
            -Find as much information on the different clusters of volcanoes, and why they 
                could be formed there to help with the map.

The journalists’ job is to answer the “interesting question” that your group is assigned, as well as create a way to display the information they found. (Newspaper article, brochure, book, etc.)

            -Find as much information regarding the question that you are assigned.

-Create an exciting, yet informational way to present the information you found. Be sure to answer the question entirely, and use evidence to support it. (Ask me before you choose a way to present the information)

The researchers’ job is to help all other members look up information. If a member of your group cannot find information, you need to assist them and work together to find the information.

 Internet Sites and Resources:
·         http://www.avo.alaska.edu/
·         http://www.fema.gov/kids/volcano.htm
·         http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/
·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcano
·         http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/
·         http://www.learner.org/interactives/volcanoes/
·        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/forcesofnature/interactive/index.html
·         http://www.mapsofworld.com/major-volcanoes.htm
·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_volcanoes
·         http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/volcano/
·         http://library.thinkquest.org/17457/volcanoes/types.php
·         http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Outreach/AboutVolcanoes/framework.html
·         These websites along with books from a library should be enough information to complete this WebQuest.



 Guidance for students:

·         Map for Task #1

-          World map with markers to mark the volcanoes

·         Research Organizer Worksheet to help keep material organized




Group Evaluation:







Map of Volcanoes

Missing more than 8 of the volcanoes on the map and more than 3 groups of volcanoes.

Missing 5-6 of the volcanoes on the map and 2 of the groups of volcanoes.

Only missing 2-3 of the volcanoes on the map and 1 of the groups of volcanoes.

Had all of the possible volcanoes labeled on the map and all the groups of volcanoes labeled appropriately.

“Interesting Question”

Barely answered the question and there is only 1 main point that supports that answer.

Vaguely answered the question and there are only 2 main points that support the answer.

Mostly answered the question and there are almost 3 points that have some support.

Completely answered the question assigned and there 3 main points to help support the answer of the question.


Not informative, none of the questions are answered thoroughly, and is short of the time limit.

Somewhat informative, some major flaws. Questions vaguely answered and barely within time limit.

Informative, presented well with some flaws. Answers most of the questions, and within the time limit.

Very informative, engages the class, presented to the best of ability. Answers all questions required, and within time limit.


Minimum amount of creativity and thought was put into the project, lacks necessary information, and has major flaws.

Somewhat creative and informative, some major flaws.

Creative and somewhat informative, a few flaws, but overall well done.

The project was very creative and informative and was presented and created with almost no flaws.


Minimum amount of research done and the Research Organizer Worksheet is barely filled in.

A few parts of the research were left out and some major spaced were incomplete on the Research Organizer Worksheet.

Almost all parts of the research were completed and only a few spaces left incomplete on the Research Organizer Worksheet.

All parts of the research were completed and all parts were filled out on the Research Organizer Worksheet.





Individual Evaluation (on a scale of 1-10; 10 is the best possible):

Did the student work well in group?

Was the student prepared for presentation?

Did the student organize the information they found?

Did the student help other members of the group?

Did the student use the resources provided to enhance their presentation?

Did the student complete all parts of their role for the group?



Now that you have learned about how volcanoes work, where they are located, and have answered questions for the citizens of Kailua, Hawaii; they are now prepared in case of an eruption. Congratulations on helping to inform and eventually protect the citizens from a natural disaster. You have learned where a majority of active volcanoes are located, answered a question that citizens have always wanted answered, and presented the information to the citizens (class). Because of your new found knowledge about volcanoes you can continue to study this subject by reading through the books that you used for resources or you can continue to use the websites you used in this WebQuest to find more information.




















Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL