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Volcano Lapbook and Unit Study

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!


  4. Kellydawn913 says

    My son just told me he wants to do this for school next week.  Thanks for sharing!

  5. We have a store by us called Five and Below. Everything in the store is $5 or less. They have a “make your own volcano kit” for $5! I picked it up as a stocking stuffer for Christmas and now I know when we’ll use it! Great ideas-LOVE your blog! Thank you!

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