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Connect: Spot the difference! Write a list of as many differences as you can between these 2 photographs


Big Picture: What are composite and shield volcanoes? • Know the difference between composite and shield volcanoes. • Be able to locate and describe the distribution of composite and shield volcanoes over the world. • Create an information fact file of an example composite and shield volcano.


Shield and Composite Volcanoes • Sierra Negra ,Galapagos Islands, Ecuador shield volcano • Parinacota, located on the boarder of Chile and Bolivia


What is the definition of a shield and composite volcano? • Shield Volcanoes have broad, gentle slopes. They are formed by lava building up in layers over many years. They tend to have more gentle eruptions and very fluid (runny) lava.


• Composite volcanoes have cone shaped and steep sides. They tend to have more explosive reactions (also known as stratovolcanoes) made up of lava and ash.

*Composite volcanoes are the ones you often see in cartoons! Think composite= cartoon!


Today you are the researchers!


Your mission! To research living examples of shield and composite volcanoes across the world to create an information fact file.


Your briefing: • Activate: Use the recommended websites and your own independent research to build a fact file using PowerPoint…

• You can access the websites through the

shared area. • You can also access this presentation on the shared area.


To complete your task successfully your fact file must meet your criteria for success… • 1. Given a clear definition of what a shield and composite volcano are and provided labelled diagrams of them. • 2. Said what the main characteristics of a shield volcano are. • 3. Said what the main characteristics of a composite volcano is.


• 4. Given an example of a shield volcano across the world and provided a map to show where it is located.

• 5.Given an example of a composite volcano across the world and provided a map to show where it is located. Demonstrate: Use the checklist on

your sheets to make sure you include all the important points.


Reflect: Did you complete the mission successfully? • 1. Print off your fact file. • 2. Use the criteria for success to mark your own work. • 3. How many did you get out of 5? – Write your total onto your checklist.


‘2 stars and a wish’ your work! Into the reflection box write down 2 things you think you did well and 1 thing you wish to improve…

For example…

I found an example of both a shield and composite volcano and located them on a map

I gave clear definitions of what a shield and composite volcanoes was. I didn’t complete all 5 points on the criteria. I could of used the recommended websites to help me with this.


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