Friday, March 11, 2011


updated, expanded, and reposted from April 2007

We are working out way through Ann Voskamp's A Child's Geography this year. We just finished the chapter on plate tectonics and the next chapter explores earthquakes and volcanoes in more depth, so I brought out this post to dust off and update.Use discretion, of course, because these are secular science sources.

Make a volcano:

  1. Classic version
  2. Easier, messy mentos version - I'll mention here that the video indicates that the fumes from this version may be toxic
  3. Another easier version
  4. Easiest version - this is the one I'm sending to Gran's, but I'm writing a note on it to add the red food coloring to the vinegar, because I know that my kids won't buy that's it's a volcanic eruption if the "lava" is white
  5. Cheater's version
  6. Or you could make a lava light instead.

Worksheets, etc. :

  1. Crayola Volcano Mini Book
  2. Time for Kids map worksheets here and here.
  3. Label a volcano diagram
  4. Volcano writing paper and coloring page
  5. Fill in the blank
  6. Volcano shape book, Make Words, and more from abcteach.
  7. Flap book


  1. Eyewitness - Volcano

Online articles:

  1. Science News for Kids - enter "volcanoes" in the search box if nothing comes up. There are several articles
  2. "Explore Volcanoes"
  3. "Volcano! Mountain of Fire" - this online story at National Geographic Kids has video clips as well.
Online activities:

  1. VolcanoWorld's Games & Fun Stuff - has a neat dot to dot among other things
  2. For older kids (looks like preteen and up): a strategy game in which you are a disaster manager handling a volcanic eruption and evacuating a town
  3. Discovery Kids Volcano Explorer - see plate boundaries and volcano locations on a globe, learn the types of volcanoes, and build a virtual volcano

And last, but not least -

Home Ec (otherwise known as Snack Time):

Which would you make??


We have a basket full of books coming from the library about Volcanoes, Volcanoe National Park in Hawaii, Mount St. Helens, and Pompeii. I'll try to add our favorites here on a booklist.

Next up: Earthquakes

"Photo courtesy".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

AHHHH! SO cool, Alicia! Okay, I need to make a volcano. :o) We're going to be studying rocks in our homeschool in two weeks and I was considering doing a've sealed the deal with this post. :O) My children thank you, haha!