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:
- Classic version
- Easier, messy mentos version - I'll mention here that the video indicates that the fumes from this version may be toxic
- Another easier version
- 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
- Cheater's version
- Or you could make a lava light instead.
- Crayola Volcano Mini Book
- Time for Kids map worksheets here and here.
- Label a volcano diagram
- Volcano writing paper and coloring page
- Fill in the blank
- Volcano shape book, Make Words, and more from abcteach.
- Flap book
- Science News for Kids - enter "volcanoes" in the search box if nothing comes up. There are several articles
- "Explore Volcanoes"
- "Volcano! Mountain of Fire" - this online story at National Geographic Kids has video clips as well.
- VolcanoWorld's Games & Fun Stuff - has a neat dot to dot among other things
- 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
- 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):
- Volcano Cake - easy version
- Volcano Cake - really, cool, I'll never actually get around to making something this beautiful and complicated version
- Volcano Cake - really cool and equally complicated version - go ahead and try it if you have all of those pan sizes
- Paula's Volcano cake - I wish somebody else would make me this complicated version
- Just for fun
- This one might be worth the trouble - it really doesn't look impossible - and it's really, really cool:
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
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