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Earth Science: Plate Tectonics and Volcanoes

In this 4-week class, students will learn about plate tectonics and how it is related to volcanoes, the three major types of volcanoes, and will build their own volcano to erupt.
Mrs. Venessa Smith, B.Sc.
5 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 4 learners
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year olds
learners per class

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Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
65 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Learners will gain a greater understanding of the relationship between plate tectonics and volcanoes.  Learners will recognize volcanoes occur in patterns and bands on Earth's surface that are often along the boundaries between continents and oceans. Maps will help learners locate different features associated with different types of plate boundaries, such as volcanoes and mid-ocean ridges. 
My Bachelor's of Science degree in Geology, my professional experience working as a Geologist, and my 8 years of teaching science qualify me to teach topics covered in this class. 
During Week 4 of the class, students will be building and erupting their own volcanoes.  Each learner will build their own volcano.  Learners will need to have their materials ready prior to our Week 4 class meeting so they are prepared to build their volcano when class starts.  
Baking soda Vinegar Foil Plastic Bottle (with a wide mouth, like a sports drink bottle) Plate Dish soap Plastic shopping bag (2 - 3 bags) Pan or cookie sheet with at least 1" sides Food coloring (red to simulate lava, but any color will work) Tape
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1 hour 5 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
For this class we will be using Pear Deck.  Pear Deck is an add-on tool that helps to make presentations more engaging and interactive.  Students will need to access the class Pear Deck presentation by visiting  From there, students will be asked to log in using a "join code" provided by me.  This ensures a safe and secure online learning environment because only students with the specific "join code" will be able to access the presentation. 
Earth Viewer (
Google Earth:
USGS Latest Earthquakes:
YouTube video showing Aa lava:


Mrs. Venessa Smith, B.Sc.
Lives in the United States
Elementary/Junior High/High School Science Teacher and Geologist
5 total reviews
14 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  I'm Mrs. Smith.  I love teaching about science and gardening.  My favorite science to teach is Geology (the study of the Earth).  I really enjoy teaching classes about the Earth and all of the Earth processes like erosion, the rock cycle,... 
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