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This particular learning 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 upon Pompeii and Herculaneum. Included is detailed account from Pliny the Younger out of his personal journal as well as a picture and chronological breakdown of the actual eruption by hour.
The most infamous volcanic eruption ever--Mt. Vesuvius and the eruption of 79 A.D.--is featured and examined in a number of dynamic and creative ways. First, the ash cloud, pumice fall, and pyroclastic flow are analyzed to answer the questions as to why Pompeii and Herculaneum were impacted in the dramatic and devastating manner they were.
In addition to the unique eruption detail of Mt. Vesuvius, the particular impact on Pompeii and Herculaneum is also investigated in both descriptive and image detail. There is also a short mapping activity where students identify Mt. Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Stabiae, and Cape Misenum.
What makes this a VERY SPECIAL and ONE OF A KIND exercise are the varied ways that the Mt. Vesuvius eruption is broken down into detail based on the rare and famous journal entries of Pliny the Younger. You will find this NO WHERE ELSE! This 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. The crème de la crème of this volcano activity is the computer animated image sequencing in which students match significant times and eruption benchmarks with the appropriate image. It is dynamite and really cool. Everything is then wrapped up with a quick summary sheet giving each significant geographic area and its particular eruption episode its due diligence.
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Go back in time to ancient Italy! So KOOL! Visit Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Cape Misenum, and Stabie. This model building activity with Play-Doh and/or clay can be found NOWHERE else! Kids love this! Adults love this! Teachers love this! Administrators love this!
This lab/activity was made to pair with other Mt. Vesuvius/Pompeii/Ancient Italy activities posted on my TPT page.
This one of a kind lab/activity/project is presented step by step with tons of pictures to make it easy to follow. Because it is a model building activity, instructors may vary the materials and personal techniques to their specific needs and preferences.
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
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”