The Kilauea Volcano: Be A Volcanologist

Type of Resource



Public attention was captured in May 2018 when the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea erupted with rivers of lava that flowed through Leilani Estates and other nearby neighborhoods. Your students may have seen videos of hot lava covering roads, destroying homes, or reaching the ocean with clouds of hot steam. You can capitalize on their interest by using data from this real-world event. In these middle school lessons, students take on the role of volcanologists in order to analyze geologic data about t

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS3-2   Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.