Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Volcano Unit Study

Buttercup received a volcano building kit as a gift and of course, I turned it into a whole lesson!

Like all of my other lessons, I had to start from scratch, research the material, and put together our lesson.

Basically this is what we did:

  • Make a book to keep all of our information
  • Review or learn vocabulary related to volcanoes
  • Talk about the Earth's layers
  • Learn about the 3 types of volcanoes
  • Find pictures of each type of volcano and discuss the differences
  • Find famous volcanoes that fit into each of the 3 catergories
  • Learn about each one
  • Compile our book
  • Do the science activity - build our own volcano
  • Take pictures to include in our volcano book
  • Do an oral presentation!
The volcano mold

Mixing the plaster

Before painting
Little houses to decorate around the volcano

A graph with important vocabulary

The words to know page of our volcano book
Buttercup had so much fun learning all about volcanoes. She really loves to do her own research on the internet and find pictures and information. I taught her how to search for what she wants and she's gotten really good at it.

I thought it was a good idea to start learning how to give a presentation, so we included that as the final part of the project.

Happy Homeschooling Adventures!