Hidden Worlds: Hawaii Volcanos National Park
All of us have a perception of what constitutes a park, depending largely on our past experiences and where we live. In this lesson, students will explore the constructive and destructive forces of volcanoes that make up Volcanoes National Park.

Today’s Activities

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Engage

How can volcanoes be both constructive and destructive?  

  • Watch 100 Years in 100 Seconds to see Volcanoes National Park park expand and change before your eyes as eruptions from Mauna Loa and Kīlauea alter the landscape. 

Where are most volcanoes located and which holds the title of most active? 

Watch this short video to find some answers.

Write a paragraph about volcanoes based on what you know and what you’ve experiences. Have you ever seen a volcano in real life? Would you want to? Why or why not? Then after you write that paragraph (complete sentences!), go ahead and explore this webpage about volcanoes, and watch the videos on the page. What facts did you already know about volcanoes? What new things did you learn?

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Explore

Throughout this week, you are going to get an opportunity to virtually visit five different National Parks.  Today’s exploration takes us to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.   Fly over an active volcano, explore a laval tube, and look out across volcanic cliffs.  Click within the video to interactively visit each feature.

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Explain

After virtually visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii,  think about the following questions.

  1. What did you notice about this National Park?
  2. What do you wonder about this National Park?
  3. What were some unique features about this park that were different than the other parks you virtually visited? Would you want to visit this park someday? Why or why not.

You can also use this template to explain what you learned and share it with a teacher.

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Elaborate

By the end of the week you will have visited 5 different National Parks!  Choose one of these five parks you virtually visited, or choose a different one that interests you.  Create a brochure, google slide presentation, or infographic that encourages visitors to come to the park to enjoy the unique features it has to offer. 

Information to include:

  • Name and location of the National Park
  • Where to stay when visiting the park.
  • Activities visitors can participate in at the park.
  • Two unique characteristics about the park.
  • History of the park – When did it become a park? Why was it preserved as a park? Human history of the area?

Share your creation with a teacher or parent.

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Extend

Many myths and legends were once used to explain the natural world around us.  Read about the Legend of Hawaii’s goddess of fire, Pele 

Hawaii is home to the world’s largest volcano and ancient lava flows.  Explore the Geology of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Try your hand at Drawing a super simple, not scientifically correct volcano.

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