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This activity is a complete, unique, and alternative approach to teaching about the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79 A.D. with a focus on the devastating impacts on both Pompeii and Herculaneum. Come experience a detailed account from Pliny the Younger out of his personal journal.
The most infamous volcanic eruption ever--Mt. Vesuvius and the eruption of 79 A.D.—is examined through the eyes of Pliny The Younger by students matching descriptive details and images. See preview!
In addition to the unique eruption detail of Mt. Vesuvius, the particular impact on Pompeii and Herculaneum is chronicled in an easy to learn manner. There is also a short mapping activity where students identify Mt. Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Stabiae, and Cape Misenum.
You will find this NO WHERE ELSE! The eruption detail through Pliny The Younger’s eyes is approached in two ways. First are 13 slide eruption history descriptions in which students find the matching image. Second are 13 slide eruption images in which students find the matching detailed description.
But, it doesn’t stop there! The heroic rescue expedition of Pliny the Elder is mapped and analyzed to understand why he was unable to complete his heroic evacuation mission. Everything is then wrapped up with a quick summary sheet giving each significant geographic area and its particular eruption episode its due diligence.
This works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional activities/labs.
Also, perfect for homeschooling!
WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! The application to a diverse body of learners, whether it be age or ability level, is predicated on the fact that the instructor determines the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your geology teaching library.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 5th – 9th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, administrators, and curriculum field professionals.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
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“Southern Science Specialists”