Volcano Research Unit


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Volcanoes are such a fun and engaging science topic for kids to research! This volcano research unit is perfect for students who are learning how to use informational text and studying the types of volcanoes. It is a great volcano activity for volcano reports and more. Students can conduct traditional book and/or internet research. Everything you need for a successful unit is included in this packet!

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Students will first learn how to use the text features in informational text including the table of contents and index. They will also learn how to find credible sources on the internet. Then, students will be assigned a type of volcano to research (and optionally, a partner or group to work with). Students will have a Volcano Research Journal that they will use as a guide as they research about the volcanoes in general as well as their assigned volcano type. Editable sections have been added to the research journals so you may add your own questions!
Once students have completed their research, they will use it to complete two culminating activities: a report/presentation and a salt dough model of their volcano. Finally, other classes and parents will be invited to the “Volcano Fair” where your students can show off their cool volcano!


  • Teacher Info Pages: This includes a sample unit outline, grading rubric, and lesson plans for internet research, intro lesson, research journals, and final projects.
  • Book research/ text features worksheets: Students will review other text features including: glossary, titles, headings, photos, captions, graphs/charts, and special print. They will also compare and contrast the table of contents and index.
  • Internet research worksheets: These worksheets will familiarize your students with how to find credible sources on the internet for research.
  • Types of Volcano Cards Cards with the name and clip art of each type of volcano: composite, cinder, and shield.
  • Research Journals: The research journals will guide the students throughout their research. There is one question on each page for the students to find the answer to. 19 pre-written pages are included, plus 2 blank ones to add your own questions. Full page and half page versions are BOTH included in this resource. Choose which version is best for your students.
  • Salt Dough Volcano & Report Instructions: Lesson plan for the student’s final project
  • Parent Letter & Volcano Fair Invitation: Keep the parents in the loop! Let them know what is going on with the unit and invite them to the event, if you decide to host one.
  • Final Report Pages and info: A final report page is included as well as examples and lessons to have students create a salt dough model of their volcano.
  • **BONUS! ALL PAGES in the document are included in both vivid color AND Ink Friendly Black & White for your convenience**

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