Explorer Pioneer Volcano! Discussion Questions
Explorer Pathfinder Volcano! Discussion Questions
Below Level Pompeii…Buried Alive! Discussion Guide Questions
Below Level Vacation Under the Volcano Discussion Guide Questions
On Level Discussion The Cornfield Volcano Guide Questions
Above Level The Eruption of Mount St. Helens Discussion Guide Questions
Easy to use printable questions for the small group reading books in, Unit 7 Week 1, in the National Geographic Reach for Reading series.
Great to use for small group instruction, center work, or independent practice.
This download features the reading comprehension questions. Practice Masters: SG7.3, SG7.4, SG7.5, SG7.6.
Summary of Explorer Magazine
Volcano! explores the features of volcanoes, tells why they can be dangerous, and describes how the Hawaiian Islands formed. In "Volcano!" Beth Geiger explains that a volcano is an opening, or vent, in the Earth. During an eruption, magma pours out from deep inside Earth. When magma hits the surface, it is called lava. Lava builds up and forms mountains. Volcanoes form on land and the ocean floor. When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, it caused destruction of plants and wildlife. The diagram "Inside a Volcano" shows the different parts of a volcano. "Hawaii: Island Chain" reveals that the Hawaiian Islands are the tops of inactive volcanoes that rise up from the seafloor. They formed over an area called a hot spot.
Summary of Pompeii…Buried Alive!
Almost two thousand years ago, a normal day begins in Pompeii. Suddenly, the nearby volcano, Vesuvius, erupts. Some people escape by sea, but others are trapped, buried under hot ash. A boy named Pliny watches across the bay. When he is older, he writes about what he saw that day. Years later, the ashes change to soil and a new town is built there. People read Pliny's description, but no one knows where Pompeii was. One day, workers find part of an old wall. Scientists dig there to find out about life in ancient Italy. They find holes and fill them with plaster. These casts show how people died in Pompeii.
Summary of Vacation Under the Volcano
Morgan le Fay sends Jack and Annie on a mission to find a story from a library in ancient Rome. The Magic Tree House carries them back in time to Pompeii on the very day the city is going to be destroyed by Mount Vesuvius. When Jack and Annie realize what is going to happen, they hurry to find the story, which they discover on a scroll in the house of Brutus. When the volcano erupts, they protect themselves with pillows and run for the tree house. When they get stuck, they call for help and a giant gladiator- who turns out to be Hercules- rescues them just in time.
Summary of The Cornfield Volcano
One Saturday after Antonio and Dominica's class studies volcanoes, the two friends are helping do work in the cornfield. They go for a walk and find a burning crack in the ground. Lava pours out and they race back to town to tell others. People stay away from the cornfields and, the next day, the volcano erupts, forming a mountain. The people have to leave San Juan to stay safe. Both Antonio and Dominica's families move to San Bernardo.
Summary of The Eruption of Mount St. Helens
Helen Crenshaw has felt unsure of herself since her mother died a year ago. When Helen's class studies volcanoes, she wonders of the nearby Mount St. Helens could erupt, even though most people think it is harmless. Then an earthquake shakes the land, and Mount St. Helens begins to change. Nearby land is evacuated. When the volcano does not erupt, people want to return. When Helen figures out that her brother Chad is planning to climb the mountain, she finds her courage and rushes to the mountain with her father to save Chad and his friend. They escape by car as the volcano erupts.