Sunday, October 17, 2010

Learning about volcanoes

Welcome to the October Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival.

The Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by Science@home is for anyone, because we are all teachers and learners all the time. This month our theme is "Studies of Society and the Environment" which covers all the humanities, from history to finance, geography, politics and of course the environment. Check out the links at the bottom to find some other great posts on SOSE.


For the past couple of weeks we've been learning all about volcanoes. Our interest in this started because of some rocks that Jacob found on a recent trip to a friend's farm. We brought them home to show Daddy and he told us they were volcanic rock. Jacob found this very interesting so we thought it'd be good to do some activities around volcanoes.

The rocks that sparked Jacob's interest in learning about volcanoes

We went to the local library and borrowed some books about volcanoes. The local library is really such a great resource for information. Jacob spent the next week looking at the books we borrowed and talking about how volcanoes work. It's interesting the conversations you have with young kids. Jacob told us that he wanted to see a volcano up close but we had to explain that it was really, really hot and you can't get close to a volcano that's erupting!

The books we borrowed from the library

We decided to make our very own volcano with papermache. We made a frame out of wire and then built the layers up to make a mountain. We left a hole in the middle for a bottle (more on that in a moment!) The last time we did papermache, Jacob really enjoyed it. This time, however, he did about two strips and then got distracted by something else. So lucky Mummy was left to finish it all!! After it had all dried we painted it.

Jacob, doing some papermache before he got distracted, leaving Mummy to do all the work!

A rare moment of brother and sister happily doing an activity together!

The finished product!

So, can you guess what's coming yet? The bottle in the middle of the volcano is for our science experiment! We put bicarb in the bottle and then added vinegar, coloured with red food dye, and a little detergent to make our very own volcano eruption! Lots and lots of fun and a great way to simulate an actual volcano for the kids (not that volcanoes are caused by bicarb and vinegar reactions but y'know ;))

The vinegar gets poured in

Erupting volcano!

Jacob and Esme both loved watching the volcano 'erupt'

Touching the foam was really kind of funny!

We had a couple of fun weeks learning about volcanoes. I wonder what we'll discover next?

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Please take the time to visit the other participants and check out their posts on "Studies of Society and the Environment."
  • The Planning Queen has pulled together some of the many great sources that you can use to keep kids up to date with world news.

  • SMMART Ideas is writing about how your 2 year old isn't too young to learn the names and locations of the state she lives in and those around her...or even countries of the world!

  • For Adventures with Kids, photos can provide a great starting point for telling or discovering history, from family history to world history. Find out some questions to ask about the photos to get you started and where you can find historical images.

  • Narelle at A Bunch of Keys has been having lots of fun learning all about volcanoes and how they work.

  • Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey knows that kids are fascinated with igloos - how they are built and why they don't melt. We investigate why!

  • Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now has a fun treat to celebrate the end of a geography unit on land and water forms.

  • At Homeage, almost every day they get another piece of the world delivered to their door, helping them learn about where and how other people live.

  • Deb's girls at Science@home have been building their family tree and talking about all their relationships.
Thanks for visiting our carnival, have fun reading all the posts.


Deb Chitwood said...

We loved studying volcanoes in our homeschool! And it’s the best time to do it when you’re following your child’s interest. Thanks for the reminder of a great activity for young children!

Deb said...

I love those rocks, my girls collect rocks all the time but we've been doing arty things with them. And we must start getting into more non-fiction books. We read lots about animals and the girls love them, but for some reason we haven't got any other types. I'll have to start looking! It's fun when you can do lots of different activities all based on a theme.

PlanningQueen said...

Your volcano looked terrific. Such a fun experiment to do with little ones.

CatWay said...

My eldest son is obsessed with volcanoes. Your paper mache volcano looks great - I bet you will need to go and buy more bicarb and vinegar to make it erupt again!

Your Cheeky Monkey said...

Volcanoes are the best! The boys did this at kindy a while ago and loved it. Haven't braved it at home yet though ;-)

amandab said...

Love doing the bi-carb an vinegar volcanoes! And those rocks are great.

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