Math Science Nucleus Field Trips
California Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards

Volcanoes (4-6)   Look at rocks produced by volcanoes from around the world?  Students will be able to distinguish volcanic and plutonic rocks by learning different characteristics.  They will determine the clues and act as a geologist to determine how the rocks were formed.   LIMIT: 2 classes,  64 students

The following are activities students will do
1. Compare and identify igneous rocks
2. Use a magnifying glass to help differentiate and separate plutonic from volcanic
3. Observe large samples and explore igneous rock classification
4.  Look at different samples of different volcanic formation
5. Tour the museum with a focus on igneous rocks 


Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Standards arranged by Disciplinary Core Ideas.  Codes in parenthesis represent Performance Standards.  For more detailed information visit

  Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions

The locations of mountain ranges, deep ocean trenches, ocean floor structures, earthquakes, and volcanoes occur in patterns. Most earthquakes and volcanoes occur in bands that are often along the boundaries between continents and oceans. Major mountain chains form inside continents or near their edges. Maps can help locate the different land and water features areas of Earth. (4-ESS2-2)

ESS3.B:  Natural Hazards
A variety of hazards result from natural processes (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions). Humans cannot eliminate the hazards but can take steps to reduce their impacts. (4-ESS3-2)

MS-ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System InteractionMaps of ancient land and water patterns, based on investigations of rocks and fossils, make clear how Earth’s plates have moved great distances, collided, and spread apart. (MS-ESS2-3)

Ca Science Standards Life Sciences

Sixth Grade: Earth Sciences (1 a-g)