Creating unit studies is a fun way to explore a variety of subjects, and it’s surprising how much you can learn from one common topic. If you and your kids have enjoyed creating studies on Benjamin Franklin and bridges–or you’re still looking forward to them–check out all the fun things you can do with a volcano unit study in this Homeschool Living!
You and your students can make this simple cardboard puzzle to illustrate the parts of a volcano. It’s great as a stand-alone project or as part of a lapbook or unit study.
This salt dough volcano is a classic science fair staple, but no less charming for that. Younger kids, especially, will always love building and painting their volcanoes, and the level of detail required can be tailored to make this project appropriate for a wide range of ages. This can be done as simply or as intricately as you like, and only requires a few simple ingredients, which you likely already have in your kitchen. What better way to incorporate your homeschool into your everyday life than using your common household items as learning tools?
If you get a bit of snow this winter, you might try this easy twist with a snow volcano for an outdoor, no-mess option!
Mount St. Helens’ eruption on May 18, 1980, was the most destructive volcanic event in U.S. history. You can follow the three-month timeline of intensifying seismic activity that precipitated the deadly eruption here.
This list of top ten famous volcanoes is a great place for an interested student to start researching historic volcanic events.
You could try your hand at this strawberry volcano dessert as a surprise for the kids, or add some home economics and kitchen safety to your homeschool day and let the kids construct it themselves!