PBS adds the volcano-centric series Life on Fire to “Exploration Wednesdays,” its science- and nature-based programming block on Wednesday evenings. Narrated by actor Jeremy Irons, Life on Fire paints a detailed picture of the struggles and amazing adaptations required to survive around volcanoes — some of the most spectacular and powerful forces on our planet. The six-part series airs following the NATURE and NOVA series, Wednesdays through February 6, 2013, 10:00p.m.on WGBY.
Like humans, volcanoes have a natural life cycle: they are born, live for a period then die. Surrounding these giants of fire and ash, natural selection has only retained those capable of adapting to the three phases of an eruption: before, during and after. For additional resources to teach volcano’s valuable lessons, PBS Learning Media offers scores of resources, such as Magic Dogs of the Volcanoes (Interactive, PreK-4), Vibrant Volcanoes (Lesson Plan, Grades 2-6) , The World of Volcanoes (Video, 6-12).
Additional teacher resources can be found on NOVA Education and include Mass Extinction, (Video and Discussion, Grades 6-12), Build an Island(Interactive, Grades 6-12) and Mount Pinatubo: Predicting a Volcano (Video, Grades 6-12).