We finished our Volcano Unit a couple of weeks, Treyton loved it. (What boy wouldn’t?). I wrote about our unit in the the three weekly updates that covered our Volcano Unit (Weeks 24 & 25 and Week 26) that you can check out to see more.
Read-Alouds & Favorite Books:
- Hill of Fire
- Pompeii: Buried Alive
- Volcanoes (Usborne Reader)
- Inside a Volcano
- Time for Kids: Volcano
- Volcano National Geographic for Kids
- Volcano Mini Book from Crayola
- Homeschool Share Volcano Lapbook & Unit
- Homeschool Share Hill of Fire Lapbook
- Are Volcanoes Dangerous? Why or Why Not?
- What Makes a Volcano erupt?
- Where does the Hot Lava come from?
- Label a large volcano diagram
- Make an Earth Layer Demonstration with Construction Paper – idea from WUHS. Take three different sized-colored circles and made an example of the earth’s layers (the crust, the core and the mantra). Take a picture of the earth and cut it in half to place over our layers for the “full affect”.
- Illustrate How Volcanoes Change the Earth: After talking about how volcanoes are formed, and how it’s the lava cooling over and over again that actually creates the volcanic mountain we see, but that its not how it starts. We took a cup, cut a hole in the bottom, put a tube of toothpaste in it, place dirt in the cup and gently squeeze out the toothpaste. As we squeezed out the toothpaste, we were able to watch the dirt rise up and form a “mountain”. A great example of how volcanoes change the earth.
- Create our own volcano
- Watch Volcano videos
- Illustrate (and Narrate) our Read-Alouds
As we went through our unit and learned new things about volcanoes we would add information and pieces to our lapjournal.
Treyton and I are both loving the lapjournal approach that we are now using (in lieu of lapbooks/folders). I purchased a bunch of blank books from Bare Books and we now use them for all of our units and themes.
Here are the finished pages from our volcano lapjournal:
The Layers of the Earth – which we did in Weeks 24 & 25
I can’t remember but I think I got this page from the Evan Moore book as well. Treyton had to illustrate and write a story about a sleeping giant (volcano) waking up: he basically retold the story of Pompeii: Buried Alive.