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Dynamic Planet: When Youre Hot, Youre Hot!
This page contains information about Mt. Saint Helens, a volcano in Washington State which had remained silent for 120 years and came to life on May 18, 1980. The site has a question and answer section with Jim Webster, a volcanologist with the American Museum of Natural History. It also includes an activity called Rock Candy Experiment - Crystals You Can Eat in which students make rock candy to simulate the cooling of magma to create rock. The main feature of this site is the Mount Saint Helens challenge in which students attempt to put photographs of the volcano in the proper order.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Lab activity
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Mineralogy or petrology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-742
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
        • Properties of earth materials
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History