Students will work together to create models of volcanic lava flows and analyze the layers that similarly form on a planet’s surface. Students will use this 5E lesson to determine how critical-thinking, collaborative approach to understanding the principles of relative dating as they relate their layers over a series of volcanic eruptions. Students will use their volcanic layering model to demonstrate the relative dating and geologic mapping principles to later be applied to satellite imagery. From grades 4-8, classrooms can build skills in problem solving and critical thinking during this fun Next Generation Science Standards aligned activity.
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