Ring of Fire

Contributor: Anthony Pecora. Lesson ID: 12997

What would you do if you were taking a walk, just chilling out, and suddenly fire shot out of the ground as it shook and split? Some people live with that threat every day! How would you prepare?


Earth Science, Earth Science

learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Juan is enjoying a walk with his grandmother. Suddenly, she looks in the distance and a concerning look comes over her face. What has caused her sudden change in appearance?

Juan loved living near the beach in his native country of Mexico.

He loved being able to walk to the beach whenever he wanted. Some days, when his grandmother was not busy, she would walk with him. He cherished those times with her. They would walk along the ocean edge, and she would share stories and memories with him about her childhood, about Juan's deceased grandfather, and about his mother when she was Juan's age. However, once in a while, Juan's grandmother would look into the distance at a nearby volcano during their walks, and sadness — and even fear — seemed to fill her face. Juan knew. Of course, he knew the threat of earthquakes and volcano eruptions that everyone in his town worried about. Although he did not experience either in his young life, those older than he have.

Juan lives in an area of the world known as the Ring of Fire. View the image below of the Ring of Fire.

  • What do you notice about the red line, showing where the Ring of Fire is located?

tectonic plates and ring of fire

Image by Astroskiandhike, via Wikimedia Commons, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

You may have noticed that the Ring of Fire extends along the area where the Pacific Ocean meets land. The red line, known as the Ring of Fire, experiences 90% of the world's volcanoes and 75% of the world's earthquakes! No wonder Juan's grandmother was concerned when looking at a volcano that threatened the towns where she and her loved ones lived.

Proceed to the Got It? section to learn more about this part of the world.

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