My fourth graders have been learning about changes to the Earth's surface (fast and slow processes). In the unit, volcanoes are briefly mentioned. Well, I thought it would be fun to spruce it up a bit and let students build their own volcanoes and erupt them. After all, what kid doesn't like to see a mini-eruption?
This activity was great because it allowed me to also introduce three types of volcanoes that we teach about in sixth grade science lab; shield volcanoes, stratovolcanoes, and cinder cone volcanoes. After showing students photos of these types of volcanoes (and the vocabulary posters are also included in this freebie!), I challenged groups to create one of the three types of volcanoes using only a roll of toilet paper and some markers.....you should of heard the excitement and giggles in the room :-)
I also wanted students to practice basic science processing skills like observation/measurement, so I had them complete the following lab sheet (also included in the freebie!).
Here are what some of the volcanoes looked like, as well as one that had been erupted.
We had so much fun doing this, and it was a great way to provide some hands-on fun to volcanoes! I hope you'll give this activity a try!
CLICK HERE for my Volcano Freebie Set!