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.
Then 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.
From 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.
In 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!
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!
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
- 4 Types of Mountains
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.
The Earth Science Packet is $4.00 until Dec. 31, 2017.
Once you pay for this packet, you will immediately receive a link to download this file (which will open in a browser window). You will also receive an email from Sendowl (the service I use) to your PayPal email address, which will have a link you can click on to download the Earth Science unit. (It will say, “You can download your digital products…” with a clickable link.) Of course, if you have any issues just email me at — liesl at homeschoolden dot com. You can also reach me by using the contact form.
Cost: $4.00 (through Dec. 31, 2017)
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