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August 21, 2019 : A City in Ruin

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1. Draw a picture of the people of Pompeii trying to escape the ash and rocks of Mount Vesuvius’ eruption.Paste newspaper words that describe how people may have felt on your picture.

2. In the newspaper, circle tools and equipment that people could use to remove debris and rubble from their streets after their city suffered a volcanic eruption.

3. Keep a notebook of natural disasters that are reported in the newspaper over many weeks. Under each story, describe what caused the disaster. Look for stories about different natural causes like earthquakes, floods and hurricanes.

4. How were these important to the eruption at Pompeii: (a) Pliny the Elder, (b) poisonous gases, (c) Guiseppe Fiorelli and (d) pillows?

5. Learn about a major volcanodisaster in the United States in 1980 when MountSt. Helens in Washington erupted. Find out about the eruption write a paragraph comparing Pompeii and MountSt. Helens. How were the eruptions similar? How were they different?

Mini Page activities meet many state and national educational standards. Each week we identify standards that relate to The Mini Page content and offer activities that will help your students reach them.

This week's standard:
Students understand the human and physical characteristics of places. (Geography: Places and Regions)

(standards by Dr. Sherrye D. Garrett, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)

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