This performance task (PT) can serve as a unit and will assess students ability to write an informational report. It engages students by including a model and presentation component. The PT is Common Core aligned and includes rubrics for W.4.2 and SL.4.4. A rubric is also included for the model.
The research report asks students to research one of the following volcanoes:Mount Fuji, Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna, Kilauea, Santa Maria, Mayon Volcano, Osorno, Stromboli, Yellowstone Caldera, Popocatépetl, Tamu Massif, or Loihi Volcano. Within the list there are volcanoes from around the world and the last two are underwater volcanoes.
Teacher's note: You may want to include a separate instruction sheet on how to create a simple volcano model for those students who do not have internet access.