Volcanoes and Rainforests in Latin America

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FIRE AND RAIN: AN EXPLORATION OF RAINFORESTS & VOLCANOES IN LATIN AMERICA

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016Volcano Poster
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Vanderbilt University

Description: Elementary, Science and Spanish teachers alike will enjoy this standards-based workshop about volcanoes, geological processes, tropical ecology, biodiversity and conservation of rainforests in Latin America.  Rocks preserve the most extensive record of the evolution of the planet, from which we are able to retrace the Earth’s history over 4.5 billion years. Guilherme Gualda, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University, will explore the geological processes related to the breakup of South America and Africa and the opening of the South Atlantic Ocean some 130 million years ago. Maria Luisa Jorge, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University, will discuss tropical ecology, biodiversity and conservation of rainforests in Latin America. Jennifer Bradham, Ph.D candidate at Vanderbilt University specializing in ecology and conservation biology, will share field investigations conducted earlier in 2016 as well as provide tools for project-based learning.

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Registration: Fee: $15. Register by November 1. Includes all materials, breakfast, lunch, and parking validation. [scholarships available]

Contact: Lisa Finelli lisa.finelli@vanderbilt.edu

Academic Standards Addressed

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of standards that may be addressed in this workshop. These are examples of Tennessee academic standards that teachers may find useful. Please use this only as a guide; we encourage teachers to adapt and modify content as they believe appropriate for their classrooms.

Grades K – 8

  • Science
    • Standard 5: Biodiversity and Change
    • Standard 7: The Earth
  • World Languages, Modern Language
    • Standard 2: Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
    • Standard 3: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information

    Social studies 

    • 3.32-3.34: South America
    • 7.64, 7.74: The Age of Exploration

Grades 9 – 12

  • Biology I & II
    • Standard 2: Interdependence
    • Standard 5: Biodiversity and Chang
    • Standard 6: Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
  • Geology
    • Standard 1: Maps
    • Standard 4: Geologic History
    • Standard 5: Plate Tectonics
  • Environmental Science
    • Standard 1: Earth System
    • Standard 2: The Living World
    • Standard 4: Water and Land Resources
    • Standard 7: Global Change and Civic Responsibility
  • World Languages, Modern Language
    • Standard 2: Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
    • Standard 3: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information