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So this week on the Guardian Teacher Network we have a range of ideas and resources to get pupils fired up when learning about volcanoes. At key stage 2, the English national curriculum states that pupils should be able to describe and understand key aspects of volcanoes.
A good starting place is this lesson plan by the Hamilton Trust. It encourages pupils to investigate where volcanoes are found and the vocabulary needed to describe what happens when a volcano erupts. Students could use their new knowledge to create a giant wall display showing a cross-section of a volcano, similar to this diagram by 3D Geography.
Label it with key terms such as magma chamber, main vent and crater, and encourage pupils to compile a glossary using this template. Use it as a homework task and set an additional challenge to find some amazing facts.
For example, how many known active volcanoes are there on Earth and which one is the biggest? What is the difference between a volcano that is dormant and one that is extinct?
Can pupils find an example of an underwater volcano? Using latitude and longitude co-ordinates, pupils plot 18 well-known volcanoes including Mount Fuji and Vesuvius.
Can they identify which one is closest to the UK? We also have a word search and anagram puzzle about famous volcanoes, while these images from Teaching Ideas would make a nice display. One of the most exciting things to do when studying volcanoes is to make a model. Students can do this either in class or at home depending on the materials you have available.
This resource gives some good examples. Pupils might also like to make a model showing the four layers of the Earth. To do this, build a play-dough or papier-mache volcano around a plastic drinks bottle. Place it on a waterproof tray.
Add a tablespoon of baking soda, a tablespoon of soap powder, a few drops of red or orange food colouring and ml of water to the bottle and mix.
Quickly add 45ml of vinegar then stand back and watch the eruption. Alternatively, use jam jars and wet sand as explained in this Guardian resource. As an extension activity, students could investigate some of the measures that are taken to protect towns that are near volcanoes, such as constructing gullies to redirect lava flows.
Questions to consider with secondary students might include: Can volcanoes be useful to us? At key stage 3, the curriculum states that pupils should be able to understand the key processes in physical geography relating to plate tectonics. This video by Twig World provides a nice introduction.
Another good idea is to use volcanoes as a way of teaching topical science.Free My Body, Health, and Nutrition Preschool and Kindergarten Activities, Lessons, and Crafts Look at me now! Display a picture of a baby. Explain to children that all of us were once babies. My Mouth is a Volcano is a very popular story used to teach children about managing interrupting!
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This fun, quick activity is designed to go with the book My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook. The book is all about learning to contain your words rather than "erupting". This worksheet gives students a chance to illustrate an incorrect choice (Volcano Mouth) and a Better Choice, as well as writing.
My Mouth is a Volcano - Activities. My Mouth is a Volcano - Activities. This volcano writing worksheet is a great brainstorm starter and provides a different approach to composition, perfect for research-based writing.