Ring of Fire Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

The Ring of Fire can be an interesting concept to study, and your students will enjoy doing so as they watch a video, complete a group project and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify the Ring of Fire
  • Describe the events that occur along the Ring of Fire


1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


  • Copies of the lesson quiz
  • Computer with projector
  • Student computers
  • Poster boards
  • Markers
  • Index cards displaying the names of different volcano eruptions or earthquakes


  • Begin by explaining to your students that earthquakes are one of the main forces responsible for breaking our world into different continents. Tell them they are going to learn more about how this happened and a particular area called the Ring of Fire as they watch the video lesson What is the Ring of Fire? - Definition, Facts, & Location.
  • Play the video for your students and be ready to pause it for a couple of discussions.
  • Pause the video at 1:44, then ask and discuss:
    • What is the Ring of Fire?
    • What ocean does the Ring of Fire trace?
    • What are tectonic plates?
    • What are the names of the tectonic plates?
  • Continue the video and pause it again at 4:09. Ask and discuss the following:
    • What two events occur along the Ring of Fire?
    • What are subduction zones?
    • How do subduction zones lead to mountains, erupting volcanoes and earthquakes?
  • Play the remainder of the video for your students. Discuss any questions they may have.

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