Classroom Resources

Classroom Resources

Education lies at the very core of the Institute’s mission and the Mount St. Helens Institute connects teachers with resources.  Bring trained MSHI Volcano Volunteers into your classroom, connect with real scientists online with our Volcano Explorers webinars, use our online lessons to augment your classroom lessons, or browse our collection of recommended online resources from others.


Mount St. Helens can come to your class! A trained Mount St. Helens Institute volunteer will present a short slide show and hands-on activity. See Next Generation Science Standards: Grades 1-2 Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8.


Grade 1-2: Presentation Options

Summaries and Standards for Grades 1-2

Grades 3-5: Presentation Options

Summaries and Standards for Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8: Presentation Options

Summaries and Standards for Grades 6-8

To Register:

1) Complete the form with a few date options.

2) The Mount St. Helens Institute will recruit a volunteer and reply to your request.




To Become a Kaboom! Volcanoes in the Classroom volunteer, email

Volcano Explorers

Starting in 2008, this school program brings live, interactive video presentations by preeminent scientists and educators to students across the country. Using webinar technology, Volcano Explorers easily works in just about any classroom with a computer, projector and internet connection.

Who should attend? All classes are welcome to attend, but the presentations are aimed at 5th – 8th grade classes that study earth history, landforms or geologic processes.

Participating classes will be able to write questions using the “Chat” feature in the webinar program and time will be reserved to address student questions. As long as you have a computer, speakers and a projector you will be able to project the program up on a screen for your class.

To learn more, email

To watch past Volcano Explorers, click here.

Online Geology Lessons

The Mount St. Helens Institute, in collaboration with scientists and educators from US Forest Service, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and Western Washington University, have created a series of online lessons wherein students use realistic geologic data from Mount St. Helens to uncover what is happening inside a volcano and what the volcano might do in the near future. Students will observe and interpret patterns and changes in a volcano’s shape, gas emissions, and seismic activity and use their interpretations to forecast volcanic activity!

The first three lessons may be completed in any order, as they independently train students on three types of volcanic monitoring techniques. The fourth lesson (Forecasting an Eruption), requires students to synthesize the knowledge they gained about these three monitoring techniques in order to forecast volcanic activity; the fourth lesson should be used only after the first three are completed.

Learn more about how these lessons fulfill Next Generation Science Standards here.

Forecasting an Eruption! Online Lessons



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