If the mention of magma, tectonic plates, or ash excites your neurons, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve searched the web for helpful information covering every aspect of volcanoes and have compiled the following list. No matter what age you are or whether you’re still in school, you’ll definitely learn a thing or two about volcanoes by browsing our ilst.

Grades K-6 – Middle School – High School – College

Grades K-6

  • Discovery Kids – Make a Volcano: This website, provided by Discovery Communications, offers the Volcano Explorer, which allows kids to delve deep within the earth via a computer monitor. On the website, you can build your own volcano by changing the gas and viscosity settings and watch it spew lava!
  • FEMA for Kids: Volcanoes: The Federal Emergency Management System has created this kid-friendly site. Here, you’ll find information about Mount St. Helens, learn about the volcano goddess Pele, and much more.
  • Plate Tectonics: This website is perfect for teaching elementary-school children about volcanoes. It provides three lesson plans: investigating the parts of a volcano, comparing volcano parts to different models using a lab with toothpaste, baking soda, and vinegar, and comparing volcanoes all over the world.
  • Quiz Your Noodle: Volcanoes: National Geographic Kids offers this interactive quiz for kids to test their knowledge of volcanoes. Do you know which volcano buried Pompeii? Even if you do, this quiz is a fun way to learn something new or freshen up on knowledge you missed while passing notes in geology class.
  • Types of Volcanoes: Science Project Ideas for Kids provides this website for teachers interested in educating students about different types of volcanoes. Instruct students about cinder cone volcanoes, shield volcanoes, and composite volcanoes so they know which volcanoes produce different effects.
  • Volcanology: The Hawai’i Space Grant Consortium provides this resource for hands-on activities to conduct in the classroom. Visit this website to find out how to make gelatin volcanoes, cake batter lava, and more! One tip for teachers: food always makes learning more interesting.

Back to Top

Middle School

  • The Dynamic Earth: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History provides this resource for students and teachers alike. The volcano section allows you to learn about plate tectonics, how plates move apart and come together to form volcanoes, and the profiles of different volcanoes.
  • Interactives: “Volcanoes: Can We Predict Volcanic Eruptions?” provides a list of topics that are interesting for any student, even those who are not future volcanologists. Students can learn interesting subjects such as disaster preparedness so they will know what is being done to save lives in the case of an eruption.
  • Savage Earth: Out of the Inferno: PBS Online provides this resource, which gives an interesting take on “Mountains of Fire.” Learn about the basics of volcanoes along with some additional facts. You can also use The Hot Zones animation to watch a volcano erupt.
  • Volcanoes Videos: The Discovery Channel provides this compilation of brief and interesting video clips concerning volcanoes. Watch these clips to learn more about volcanoes in Hawaii or how weather interacts with volcanic eruption.
  • Volcanoes!: USGS provides this website, which outlines some lesson plans for teachers. Six lesson plans outline why volcanoes occur, how eruptions can impact climate, how to compare eruptions, and much more information that students would find interesting.

Back to Top

High School

  • CVO Online Volcanoes: This website provides an index of many of the volcanoes of the world, such as those in the Cascade Range and other places where USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory has worked. Find the volcano nearest to you and figure out whether you need move!
  • Global Volcanism Program: The Smithsonian Institute’s Global Volcanism Program includes a variety of resources, including Weekly and Monthly Volcanic Activity Reports. Browse the photo gallery of volcanoes all over the world and learn about the different types of volcanoes at this website.
  • Volcano Expedition: Here you’ll find the official website of a scientific expedition that took place in Central America in 2001 by Scripps scientists and other researchers. With detailed reports and videos of scientists on the field site, you’ll get a good sense for what really goes on in the world of volcanic exploration.
  • Volcanoes: Robert I. Tilling, the author of this online publication, has provided an in-depth look at volcanoes. This resource is provided by USGS General Interest Publications, and is more appropriate for adolescents wanting to deepen their understanding for volcanoes.
  • Volcanoes of the United States: This website by USGS provides the online edition of “Volcanoes of the United States” by Steven R. Brantley. Use this book to explore the volcanoes of Hawaii, the Cascade Range, and Alaska, along with the most recent eruptions in the U.S.
  • Volcano Live: John Seach, one of the world’s leading volcano adventurers, has traveled to and witnessed eruptions of more than 180 volcanoes around the world. This website monitors worldwide volcanic activity all over the world, providing such extensive coverage that you might begin to feel the heat from the edge of the cone yourself.

Back to Top

College

  • Alaska Volcano Observatory: The AVO is a joint program of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAFGI), and the State of Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (ADGGS). At this website, you’ll be able to learn about AVO’s monitoring of scientific investigations, assessment of volcanic hazards, and warnings of impending dangerous activity.
  • The Electronic Volcano: This website by Dartmouth College provides many resources on active volcanoes. You’ll be able to find maps of active volcanoes worldwide and the full texts of dissertations covering active volcanoes. In addition to English, the website is available in Chinese, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, and French!
  • How Volcanoes Work: This website describes the science behind volcanoes and volcanic processes. Given by NASA’s Project ALERT (Augmented Learning Environment and Renewable Teaching), this website presents information in a progressive manner so that people who lack fundamental knowledge of volcanological principles and terms can gradually build their skills.
  • MTU Volcanoes Page: The Michigan Technological University composed this informative website, which is also sponsored by the Keweenaw Volcano Observatory. Use this website to learn about such topics as volcanic hazards mitigation and remote sensing of volcanoes. Don’t leave the page without clicking the links for volcanic humor!
  • Volcano World: Oregon State University offers this interesting web resource, which includes everything you might need concerning volcanoes. The academic side of the website offers interesting highlights from around the world, including Obama’s need to leave Indonesia because of volcanic ash; the playful side offers volcano factoids, games, and an art gallery.

Back to Top