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Volcano Investigation


Students will learn about volcanoes through the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park quarter.


Have your students study the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park quarter design.  As a class, discuss the details of the image.  Tell the students that the design features an eruption on the east rift of Kilauea Volcano.  Read the September Coin of the Month to learn more.

Have the students research different types of volcanoes using available classroom resources.  Discuss the findings as a class, and record the information on chart paper.  Using a graphic organizer, have the students compare the different types volcanoes, highlighting the unique characteristics of each type.  Have each student write a summary paragraph and create illustrations based on class discussions and the graphic organizer.

As an extension, have the students research the different types of lava found in Hawaiian volcanoes.  Have them report their findings in a Venn diagram and a summary paragraph.

Make a Connection

Visit the America the Beautiful Quarter Day in the Classroom page that features Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park for more activities.

Invite your students to learn more about the unique features of the park's geography and natural resources through lesson plans based on the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.  The new lesson plans for grades K through 12 are available online to download for free.

Also, be sure to play our newest America the Beautiful game, Triple Play.  In this game, your students will learn to build the designs on the 2012 quarters from memory.

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