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Material MUST HAVES: Flask, stopper or cork, baking soda, and vinegar.
Optional materials to enhance the experience: paper towel, tape, ruler, beaker, goggles, and scissors.
This kid and adult friendly lab brings volcanic explosions right to your fingertips. Construct your very own volcano with all the key components and features. Make important connections between scientific terminology, lab procedure, and lab results. This is a guaranteed winner. This particular lab is specially modified for struggling college prep learners, IEP students, and inclusion students. Nevertheless, it has been a hit across the board from grades 3 – 9. Volcano making is fun no matter the age.
This lab includes volcano introduction terminology prior to the lab section: silica rich gas, crater, caldera, vent, and magma chamber. Also covered are the parts of a volcano and the volcano lab involving baking soda and vinegar. It is suggested that the vinegar be wrapped in paper towel and scotch taped into a small square that fits in the flask. The reason being that it will temper the gas releasing creating a dramatic eruption of the rubber stopper. Make sure the rubber stopper is pressed firmly onto the top of the flask. Once the lab is complete the conclusion questions cover the types of volcanoes: shield, cinder cone, and strata (composite). Enjoy!
As stated before, this works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.
Also, perfect for homeschooling!
WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! The application to a diverse body of learners, whether it be age or ability level, is predicated on the fact that the instructor can determine the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).
A great addition to your geology teaching library.
Cut and paste or Velcro and laminate for special education applications and alternative assessments.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 3rd – 9th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, administrators, and curriculum field professionals.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”