Download a larger image from the ruins of Pompeii, Italy. Share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and activities:

  • Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 C.E., burying the city of Pompeii, Italy. Pompeii was part of the Roman Empire. What was life like at the time for Roman citizens?
  • What are some of the more recent volcanic eruptions?
  • Where did they occur?
  • What was their impact on the people and land around them?
  • Create a map that shows the Ring of Fire.