Geology and Earthquakes of the Teton Region

Participating Teacher Derived Lessons and Activities

Volcanoes - Geology and Hydrology Activity

Alison Barber - 3rd and 4th grade resources

  * Students will read a short book or article about volcanoes. Vocabulary words will be taken from the reading and
     incorporated into a spelling program. The vocabulary words will be defined and sentences written for each.

* A short film on volcanoes will be viewed prior to taking a field trip to the Menan Buttes.

* My students learn and retain more information with a “hands-on” approach, so I will end the volcano unit by having the
     students build a volcano.

Volcano Building Activity

 Start with:
    1. A cone-shaped plastic drinking cup with a flat bottom.
    2. An eight (8) inch disposable aluminum pie plate.
    3. The bottom two-thirds of an empty eggshell.
    4. A small amount of clay.
    5. Enough soil or sand to cover the plastic cup.
    6. Enough vinegar to fill the eggshell.
    7. A drop of red food color.
    8. One-half teaspoon of baking soda.

 Step 1: Place the drinking cup upside in the aluminum pie plate.

  Step 2: Attach the eggshell to the bottom of the cup with a small piece of clay.

  Step 3: Mound the sand or soil around the drinking cup and the eggshell so it resembles a volcano. Make sure to leave the
              cone open at the top.

  Step 4: Fill the eggshell with vinegar and a drop of red food coloring.

  Step 5: Slowly add the one-half teaspoon of baking soda.


Observations and Questions:

    * Describe what happened.

    * What happens when you add another one-half teaspoon of baking soda?

Hydrology Project - Adopt a Stream​​​​​​

Wendell Greenhalgh - 5th grade

Pre-Field Trip Plan:

I. Introduce an overview of scientific methods.
  A. Identify problem
  B. Make observations
  C. State hypothesis
  D. Test hypothesis

II. Introduce an overview of living things
  A. Classifications
  B. Animals
  C. Plants

III. Take field trip to Big Springs and stream walk for observations and collecting data. Utilize resident experts from Forest
      Service and/or other local organizations.

Post-Field Trip Activities

I. Examine samples and all collected data.
  A. Introduce water as part of living things. Test water from Big Springs and stream walk.
  B. Examine aquatic animals collected.
  C. Compare living to non-living things. Introduce rocks and lay foundations for trip to Fossil Mountain.

II. Arrange a follow-up field trip to compare water quality from Big Springs to water quality just west of St. Anthony along
     south fork past sewage plant lagoon.

III. Introduce a writing exercise in language program on environmental protection.

IV. Follow, or in conjunction with, writing exercise with a poster or art project.

V. Use ground and surface water models to demonstrate water infiltration and storage.

VI. Introduce bacteria unit from water testing results. Grow and examine cultures. Test several examples of solids and liquids.


("This course was an excellent class for me to take. I especially enjoyed the activities and modeling you used along
    with the introduction of new materials in class then investigations in the field with a follow-up and reflection
    period. I will use this same method in my class this year. Thank you for presenting so many good ideas in such a
   short period of time. The class was great.  P.S. The hiking and activities were really good for me.")
      Signed: Wendell Greenhalgh