Geysers and Hot Springs

Geysers and Hot Springs introduces students to these amazing water wonders. Students will learn how to identify each and differentiate between the two.

Several suggestions are listed in the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page for you to add to the lesson. One suggestion is to have students write a story from the perspective of a drop of water that is part of either a geyser or a hot spring. Another option is to have students research locations around the world where they can find geysers or hot springs. Then they can list interesting facts to present to the class or to turn in to you. One more suggestion is to invite someone who has visited Yellowstone National Park to speak to the class about their experience.

What Geysers and Hot Springs includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Geysers and Hot Springs teaches students how define and identify these unique natural wonders. Students will discover how they differ and what some of their characteristics are.

This lesson has three content pages. The first page defines geysers and hot springs. Students will discover that geysers are actually a rare type of hot spring and that there are not many of them around the world. Students will learn how geysers work and what three necessary things that must exist for them to develop.

The lesson then describes typical hot springs as water heated below ground that rises through a crack in the earth’s surface. Students will learn that some hot springs can be hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit. Most are much cooler, and people often enjoy soaking in hot springs as if they are giant hot tubs.


The activity worksheet requires students to create an acrostic using the letters from either geysers or hot springs. (You may have students work alone, with a partner, or in a group if you prefer.) Students must find a word or sentence that begins with the letters of the topic they choose. Whatever words or sentences they use must relate to the topic. Students can use the worksheet boxes to create a rough draft before transferring their acrostic to the paper you provide. They should also add color and images using drawings or pictures from other sources.


There are two sections on the practice worksheet. The first section requires students to answer 10 questions. The second section contains 10 statements. Students must read the statements and determine whether they are true (T) or false (F).


For the homework assignment, students will first fill in the blanks for 10 sentences. There are 10 words in the word bank from which they can choose. Students will only use each word one time. Next, they will describe how each of five words or numbers is significant as it relates to geysers and hot springs. Finally, using their own words, they will explain how a geyser and hot spring differ.

Additional information


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade



State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.