Volcanoes – Earth Science Unit

After our Science Club ended a couple of weeks ago, the kids continued studying volcanoes. I wanted to share some of our activities with you today.

We went over the basic parts of a volcano – magma chamber, conduit or main vent, ash cloud, branch pipe, sill, crater, and so forth.

Parts of a volcano worksheetThen we went on to spend quite a bit of time talking about the different types of volcanic explosions and why they happen. We talked quite a bit about the different properties of magma and how that affects the type of eruptions that occur.

I added all of these notebook pages to our Earth Science Packet.  You can either read the information through with your students or have them fill in the missing information on the notebook pages provided.

Volcano Worksheets Notebook PagesFrom there, we went on to wrap up this unit with a discussion of some of the volcanic hazards that threaten life and the landscape.  We talked about everything from lava flow and ash to gases and tsunamis.

Volcano Worksheets-Notebook Pages- Volcanic HazardsMy youngest put together all of the volcano interactive notebook pieces to add to her science notebook:

Volcano-Lapbook-Interactive-Notebook-PiecesIn previous years, we talked a lot about the power of volcanoes.  We did a couple of hands-on activities the kids enjoyed.  We didn’t do these this time around, but if you haven’t tried these, you’ll definitely want to do this with your kids!

Gelatin Volcano Activity:


Of course, there is always the well-known baking soda – vinegar volcano.  The kids always loved this! Don’t forget to mix the dish soap, dye and vinegar together before adding it to the baking soda. We did it backwards and our volcano was much pinker than it should have been!


Another project my kids loved was making tissue paper volcanoes. They have a neat 3-dimensional feel to them and really looked great at the end!

Volcano Activity

That wrapped up our Earth Science unit.  This fall, I added in more than 50 pages to our Earth Science Packet.  I will be raising the price in the new year – January 1st, 2018 so be sure to grab this 100+ page packet at its current price! You’ll find the link to purchase our packet below.

First, a little more about the Earth Science Packet:

Topics we covered:

  • Solar System
  • Layers of the Earth
  • Earth’s geologic timeline covering the 6 main eons
  • Latitude, Longitude, Using a Compass
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Earthquakes
  • 4 Types of Mountains
  • Volcanoes

Again, here are a few pictures of what is included in the Earth Science Packet. You’ll find a link to purchase this 100+ page packet below.

Earth Science Worksheet - volcanoes plates faults earthquakesPictures and descriptions of our hands-on Earth Science Activities are included in the packet.


Earth Science Worksheets

Plate Tectonics PuzzlePlate-Boundaries-PangaeaWith all the new updates, our  Earth Science Packet is now more than 100 pages! Included in this unit:

Learn how to make a earthquake shake table, more than a dozen hands-on activities on the layers of the earth, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate movement, convection currents and more!

Topics include: Solar System, Layers of the Earth, Earth’s Axis and the Seasons, Latitude and Longitude, Plate Tectonics, Faults, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains

The Earth Science Packet is $7.99. It is now well over 100 pages (as we added a lot of new materials recently when we covered did this unit again). It includes all the materials you saw above (notebook pages, hands-on activity ideas, and more). You can scroll down below for more pictures of what is included (or click on the link above to visit another post that goes into detail about the contents!).

Purchase the Earth Science Packet

Cost: $7.99

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More pictures of what is included:

Earth Science Worksheets

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