Issue of the Week 50 / 2022


Pānui – Read, interpret and discuss the information about volcanic eruptions.


SKU: WK50-2022-1 Category:


Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, erupted for the first time in 38 years. Read about why volcanologists are excited to learn all they can from Hawaii’s latest ‘hotspot’.

Activities inside this Issue

Explore connections to your own life and experiences, while reading about how scientists are keen to unlock the mysteries contained in the magma and lava flows, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

  • Activity one
    Explore volcanoes closer to home with time to ‘Google or Doodle’ while considering the question ‘do we have volcanoes in New Zealand that are currently erupting?’ Engage with Science.
  • Activity two
    Watch the clips while making connections to what you learn about Rūamoko and the New Zealand volcanic hazards and history.  Engage with Science.
  • Activity three
    Find out more about the keyword ‘magma’ by interpreting then comparing and contrasting the representations. Learn more about magma and why volcanoes erupt, take a guess – how hot does lava get? Interpret representations and engage with Science.
  • Activity four
    Learn more about this issue, choose one of four topics and complete a 3,2,1 summary table. Find someone who has a different topic to you and share your ideas. Engage with Science.
  • Additional activities
    More to read and watch.


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