Using arts to reconstruct a volcanic eruption (LS-IT-04)


How can students be able to recognize different phases of an explosive volcanic eruption? How can they understand the relevance of being aware of the correct behavior during different types of volcanic phenomena?

In this learning Scenario developed by Teresita Gravina, Europeana Ambassador for Italy, you will discover how to use transversal disciplines, including Arts, History and Digital Media, in order to reconstruct a volcanic eruption and raise awareness, creativity and collaboration during your class.

Going through six activities, your students will be able to explore 21st century skills such as environmental and information literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration.

First, students start by sketching the gulf of Napoli, and discussing the influence of Mount Vesuvius on its landscape. Students learn about past eruptions of Vesuvius, and the types of deposits created by different eruptions.
Then Students then search for images of volcanoes on Europeana Collections. In groups, students then build a timeline of various eruptions, matching the events with the images they found, and reconstruct the eruptions between the years of 1750-1790. All the group work is integrated into one timeline.
In the final part of the activity, students create an emergency plan in case of a volcanic eruption; the plan is then presented to other students in school.

This learning scenario is to be integrated in an Astronomy/Earth Sciences class, and tackles the topics of Earth structures, plate tectonics, seismology and volcanoes, and how to design a prevention plan in response to eruptions.

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