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Quick but comprehensive laboratory to help encourage students to develop science skills that are necessary for taking the CAASP test and meeting NGSS standards. Students must analyze evidence about hot spot volcanoes through a hands-on laboratory and answer questions to help them scaffold understanding of tectonic plate movement and the formation of volcanoes.
Can be used as a teacher demonstration or student run activity in groups of 3-4 students. I tend to use coffee scented candles about 3 inches in diameter (rather than tea candles) in case the candle gets knocked over.