Earth & Volcanoes


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Students will slide, smash, and crash plate tectonics together to simulate how mountains, volcanoes, and new lands are formed using this iSprowt’s Earth and Volcanoes kit! Each kit has all the materials for 2 students to complete 6 NGSS aligned activities, including:

– Slide, smash and crash plate tectonics together to provide evidence-based explanations for how geoscience processes change Earth’s surface.

– Use chemistry to erupt a volcano.  Then create a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials, the flow of energy that drives this process, and how volcanoes change the surface of the Earth.

– Use observations and analysis from both the volcano and plate tectonic investigations to explain why some future catastrophic events can be forecasted and others cannot.

– Do a fossil dig and discover an ancient shark tooth buried deep in the Grand Canyon then use this discovery to provide evidence of past plate motions.

– Create an erosion lab and model wind, river, rain, flood and ocean erosion.

While students work together on activities, they each receive their own 56-page NGSS and ELA aligned workbook.  Empower learners with investigations, modeling, and written interpretation.   The highly engaging workbook is packed with student-friendly instructions, NGSS aligned science materials, and thought-provoking writing prompts to deepen understanding.

iSprowt’s phenomena-based science kits were developed to help students achieve their highest potential in school and in life.

What You'll Get

Each Kit Includes:

Volcanic eruption kit: includes red baking soda, white citric acid, spoon, mini cup, topography map

– Plate tectonics kit: includes 4 plate tectonic model pieces, earth’s mantle gel, disposable plate for easy clean up)

– Fossil dig kit where students will unearth 2 shark teeth

– Erosion lab: (clear lab container, syringe, cup, and earth block remnants from fossil dig)

– 2 student workbooks

– Teacher packet: includes teacher lesson guide, student workbook

– Teacher Resources: Teacher Slides, Assessment, and Teaching Strategies

Easy for teachers

– 8 Minute teacher prep: fast and simple for teachers
– Low mess and easy prep
– All materials are included in each kit – teachers just open and go!
– Workbook walks students and teachers through the activities with simple, easy to implement step-by-step instructions.

Standards alignment

Each kit ties to specific NGSS requirements and features hands-on interactivity that sparks curiosity, increases retention, and encourages children to take risks while developing their knowledge. Ensure your scientists are on their highest track to success while being highly engaged with iSprowt!

NGSS Alignment:

* MS-ESS2-2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

* MS-ESS2-3 Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.

* 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.