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Volcanoes! {best day ever!!!}
5 Apr, 2014. 12 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Crafts, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Today was “volcano day” in my classroom. It was SUCH a great way to end our study of landforms!  Oh my goodness, I heard “this is the best day ever” multiple times today and my students were in all their glory all day long. We started the day reviewing what we knew about landforms and really dug deep into learning more about volcanoes. 
We read a few picture books, wrote about them, and did three SUPER fun activities. We reviewed our “words to know” using this anchor chart. 
As a craft extension, we made these volcanoes. 
To make them, I had my students watercolor an entire sheet of white construction paper. 
Then I passed out brown construction paper and taught my students how to draw a volcano. They each drew and cut out their own and glued it to their painting once it had dried.
Next, I had filled two spray bottles with paint. I added about 3/4 paint and 1/4 water to each bottle. We then went outside and sprayed the paint onto our volcanoes to emulate an eruption.
 
I let my students use 4-5 sprays of paint on their volcanoes. 
 After my students had sprayed them, I hung them on our fence to dry since we still had time to play out at recess.
I love how different each one came out!
After recess, it was time for our science experiments. My students were SO excited that we were doing two today. We did one outside and one inside. 
Outside, we brought out Diet Coke, Diet Wild Red, and Mentos. 
{I wasn’t sure if the Diet Wild Red would work and was SO happy that it did!!}
We sat down and quickly reviewed what we knew about volcanoes and what we thought was going to happen when we dropped a Mentos into the bottle. 
Then, a few brave volunteers (they were all HAPPY to oblige!) came up to drop a few Mentos into the bottles of soda.
We erupted multiple soda bottles and my brave volunteers quickly scurried out of the way of the erupting bottles.
The audience was captivated with the explosions!! 
Funny story, this sweetheart was trying so hard to drop THREE Mentos into her bottle that she didn’t realize how quickly the soda was erupting and ended up getting SHOWERED with Diet Coke. She laughed SO hard and we all got a good laugh. It was very humorous. When we went back inside, she told everyone in the office that it was the “BEST DAY EVER.” 
Inside, we created our own volcanoes. Each group was given:
a baking pan
an empty gatorade bottle that had 1/2 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide and red food coloring
1 mini container with one squirt of liquid dish soap
and 1 mini container that had 1 teaspoon of yeast and 2 tablespoons of warm water
First we added the liquid soap to our bottles.
Then they added in their yeast mixture.
After the mixture was added, they watched in AWE of the reaction.
My students LOVED watching the explosion get bigger, and bigger, and bigger. 
 Their smiles filled the room… 
…and my little scientists explored their bottles. 
 It truly was a fabulous day filled with learning, exploring and hands-on fun. 
 After my students went home, I hung up their volcano art projects and just LOVE the way they turned out!! 
 I hope that y’all have a great weekend and can use some of these ideas in your classroom! 

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12 Comments
  1. So fun! And I love how their volcanoes turned out! Can I be a kid in your class?

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  2. Love, love, LOVE the volcano artwork … AND the science experiments. Gonna have to add this to the ‘to do’ list! :) Thanks!
    Kelly
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  3. Wow that is an exciting Friday! I just LOVE it! Need to go check out your unit!

  4. Oh my goodness, I am in LOVE with these activities!! I need something to “spice” up our landform unit, and this is it. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome ideas…and that artwork?? Precious!! :)

    Kelly
    First Grade Fairytales

  5. What a wonderful day! I can’t wait to try some of these ideas out in my class. Love that the red soda worked just fine. I know the kids will remember this day forever. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  6. What an amazing day! I love the way their volcano artwork turned out. And the looks on your kids faces during the experiments says it all! They definitely had an awesome day.

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

  7. Sounds like so much fun..I love the action shot pictures!! Great hands on lesson!

  8. how did you take such great pictures of these moments!? awesome!!

  9. You are amazing . . . I want to come do volcanos with you . . . PLEASE!
    Marsha
    A Differentiated Kindergarten

  10. Your blog is very informative for us. I would really like to come back again right here for likewise good articles or blog posts. Pune is well known as the education city. It also includes tremendous colleges for various courses. But the Top b pharma colleges in pune have there own place in the world. They train in such a way that the students get well aware of alll the chemicals. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous information.

  11. This just looks like the most fun! I have just recently discovered your blog and I love it!

  12. Keirsten -

    Loved the volcano art!!! So much more creative than the art I was having my 6th graders do. I will be changing the final activity for next years class for sure!

12 Comments

  • So fun! And I love how their volcanoes turned out! Can I be a kid in your class?

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  • Love, love, LOVE the volcano artwork … AND the science experiments. Gonna have to add this to the ‘to do’ list! :) Thanks!
    Kelly
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  • Wow that is an exciting Friday! I just LOVE it! Need to go check out your unit!

  • Oh my goodness, I am in LOVE with these activities!! I need something to “spice” up our landform unit, and this is it. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome ideas…and that artwork?? Precious!! :)

    Kelly
    First Grade Fairytales

  • What a wonderful day! I can’t wait to try some of these ideas out in my class. Love that the red soda worked just fine. I know the kids will remember this day forever. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  • What an amazing day! I love the way their volcano artwork turned out. And the looks on your kids faces during the experiments says it all! They definitely had an awesome day.

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

  • Sounds like so much fun..I love the action shot pictures!! Great hands on lesson!

  • how did you take such great pictures of these moments!? awesome!!

  • You are amazing . . . I want to come do volcanos with you . . . PLEASE!
    Marsha
    A Differentiated Kindergarten

  • Your blog is very informative for us. I would really like to come back again right here for likewise good articles or blog posts. Pune is well known as the education city. It also includes tremendous colleges for various courses. But the Top b pharma colleges in pune have there own place in the world. They train in such a way that the students get well aware of alll the chemicals. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous information.

  • This just looks like the most fun! I have just recently discovered your blog and I love it!

  • Keirsten -

    Loved the volcano art!!! So much more creative than the art I was having my 6th graders do. I will be changing the final activity for next years class for sure!

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