The next few weeks we are studying volcanoes in science for Classical Conversations (weeks 16 and 17). My daughter has been waiting for this for a while so we plan to have some fun. She is very interested in volcanoes and is excited to study them. (You gotta take advantage of the times they are actually interested in something, right?)
Here’s some of the things we are doing to study volcanoes over the next two weeks:
Discovery Streaming – We are watching some volcano videos on Discovery Streaming. Earth Science: History of the Earth is one that we plan to pick up this week. There is a lot about how the Earth is changing due to things like volcanoes; we are discussing this a little.
Rock N Learn: Earth Science – We rented this from the library and watched with regard to Types of Rocks and Parts of the Earth that we have studied for the past few weeks. We are looking forward to continuing our discussion with regard to volcanoes.
Magic School Bus – We are watching Magic School Bus: Blows Its Top. We have it through Discovery Streaming; however, you can get it on You Tube.
Books and Pictures – If you don’t use the Internet, or want more reinforcement, you can check out the Magic School Bus: Blows Its Top book from the library.
You can also find some great volcano photos on National Geographic.
Lapbooks – A Journey Through Learning has a great Earth lapbook that is made especially for Classical Conversations Foundations curriculum. This is a great way to do a little lapbooking each week along with your Classical Conversations science.
Crafts – We play to do one craft this week or next to go along with our volcanoes studies. You can find many suggestion over at my Pinterest Classical Conversations board. However, we plan to build a model of Mt. Fuji with the instructions and template provided by Canon.
Games – We are doing some fun interactive games and watching some videos found at N12. My daughter likes some games and interactive time on the web.
Quick lesson – If you are looking for a quick lesson in Volcanoes, you can find a great overview on Weather Wiz Kids including videos, diagrams, lesson plans, and quick experiment instructions for making a soda volcano.
Experiment – And of course, we can’t study volcanoes without making a volcano – what fun would that be? Thanks to Half a Hundred Acre Woods for an easy to make Volcano experiment.
Here’s what you need:
- Pie Plate
- Aluminum foil
- Small Plastic water bottle
- Dishwashing liquid
Here’s what you do:
- Wrap some aluminum foil around the plastic water bottle and set it on the pie plate.
- Squirt about an inch of dish soap into the mouth of the water bottle.
- Place a few spoonful’s of baking soda into the mouth of the bottle.
- Pour some vinegar in until it starts foaming and bubbling up.
And you have a foaming volcano. Now you can talk about how a real volcano erupts and what happens with the hot lava (my daughters favorite to talk about).
Do you have any fun resources for studying volcanoes?