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Planet Earth and Beyond – Volcanoes

The Science Learning Hub has many resources for primary teachers related to volcanoes in the Planet Earth and Beyond strand of the New Zealand Curriculum.

Children love to explore volcanoes – they are exciting. Volcanoes can erupt spectacularly, throwing molten rock into the air in pyrotechnic displays that are simply stunning. How do volcanoes work? Where do they form? How does this relate to us? Explore this content to find out more about volcanoes.

See below for a list of items grouped by collection (contexts, science stories, teacher ideas and news items).

Context: Earthquakes

Plates and quakes – Student Activity

World of quakes – Student Activity

Context: Fire

Heat energy is in volcanoes and ice – Image

Context: Icy Ecosystems

Dating ice cores – Video

Context: Super Sense

NASA infrared image of Mount St Helens – Image

Context: Volcanoes

Volcanoes – Context

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Science story: On Shaky Ground

Shaky scientists and engineers – NZ Research

Earthquakes and volcanoes – Science Ideas and Concepts

New Zealand volcanoes – Science Ideas and Concepts

Under the Earth’s surface – Science Ideas and Concepts

Calderas in the sandpit – Student Activity

Tectonic jigsaw puzzles – Student Activity

Dr Phil Shane, volcano expert – Image

Erupting volcano – Image

Tectonic plates volcanoes and earthquakes – Video

Science story: Tsunamis and Surf

Modelling tsunamis and protecting the coast – NZ Research

Geonet – Video

Plate tectonics – Video

Teacher ideas

Children making evidence-based decisions about volcanic risk – Education Research

Students’ evidence-based decision-making – Education Research 

Science gives students the understanding to make decisions that will be more useful than if somebody just said ’Here’s a civil defence book. These are the things you need’. They can actually understand why they need these things and how their families will be affected. 


News items

Auckland’s forgotten volcano – Article

Exploring the briny deep sea without leaving land – Article

Exploring undersea volcanoes – Article

Geologists find a new volcano in Auckland – Article

Pink and White Terraces under 2 metres of sediment – Article

Portion of Pink Terraces revealed underwater – Article

Rumbling volcanoes – Article

Solander Island – an extinct volcano – Article

Volcanic giant found in the Pacific Ocean – Article