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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Volcano Lapbook and Unit Study

Volcanoes were top on the list of things to study when the girls found out that Mt. Fuji was actually a volcano. We decided to work together on a lapbook from Homeschool Share. Lapbook components that we studied and used were: parts of a volcano, volcanologist, who's going to blow, trivia game, inside a volcano, exploding volcano (scholastic pull-tab), volcano phases, vocabulary words, ring of fire, types of rocks, and the earth's plates.

Our "art" project was to build our own volcano. The kids were far too excited to see how it would explode in our backyard.

On Monday we made some salt dough and formed a volcano using a tea bottle and a cardboard box. I based the model we made from this one that I found through a google search.

The dough took a few days to dry, so on Wednesday we were able to paint it together. I outlined a few areas for the girls and they worked together to paint it to make it look more like a scene/cutaway of a volcano. When they were done with the base painting, they let Mommy drip red paint around the ledge of the volcano to make it look like lava was dripping down the sides of the mountain.

Here is our completed project in action. Be warned: Screaming toddler and swinging lens cap may disrupt your viewing pleasure.

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  • Love this! We studied volcanoes last year and had fun too.

    By Blogger Tristan, At October 16, 2008 at 11:01 AM  

  • Jolanthe, I have a quick question...not sure the best place to ask....but, when you do a lapbook, do you do one for both girls or just one? My girls have the same age spacing as yours. They tend to lean toward each making their own lapbook, but I'm not sure I'm up to making 2 identical lapbooks every time. Just curious what you do.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 16, 2008 at 1:47 PM  

  • Hi! I just found your blog and loved seeing your volcano study. We just finished up with volcanoes as well and really enjoyed it. Our lava was pink too. : ) I'll be visiting again!


    By Blogger argsmommy, At October 16, 2008 at 9:55 PM  

  • I have the same Q...did they each do their own? do you put this together? Got a pic? Oh i hate lapbooking...but the girls are loving volcanoes and it happens to be what K is studying at co-op in science.

    By Blogger Mary@notbefore7, At November 4, 2009 at 7:13 PM  

  • Just saw how to do a gallery view of the slideshow and look more closely at the lapbook - thanks!

    By Blogger Mary@notbefore7, At November 4, 2009 at 8:33 PM  

  • We do a lapbook for each girl. :) And Mary - I can send you more pics if you need them. :)


    By Blogger Jolanthe, At November 4, 2009 at 8:33 PM  

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