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Description:

This activity mixes a suspenseful scene from a movie about a volcano with student formulated answers to open-ended questions about the validity of science. In the activity, students act as film consultants to determine if a massive lava flow could actually be stopped by water being sprayed onto it. Students apply their knowledge about heat to determine their answers. Links to student materials include a worksheet that presents known and unknown variables directly related to the film. An example of a known variable is the water flow rate from a fire truck, while an example of an unknown variable that students must figure out is the temperature of the water. In a pdf document, teachers can find additional information about a real-life attempt to slow the spread of lava from a volcano that erupted in Iceland. A Cornell Science Inquiry Partnerships Fellow created and piloted this activity. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

oai:nsdl.org:2200/20120114184218086T,NSDL,Grade 9,Space Science,Science process skills,NSDL_SetSpec_1007936,Earth processes,Heat,Grade 10,Grade 11,Grade 12,Informal Education,Volcanoes,Interpreting data,Earth and space science,Chemistry,Physics,Science as inquiry,General,High School,Physical science,Education,Geoscience

Language:

English

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