Our volcano eruption!

Hello students and families,

today we wanted to update the blog by explaining some activities we have done related to science.

During the first term we worked on the topic of volcanoes with the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in Lockhart Academy.

First, we introduced this scientific project by doing a hangman. After knowing that they were going to discover more things about the volcanoes, they shared the facts that they already knew about them. They explained them orally and wrote some of the ideas of their previous knowledge on the whiteboard.

As we can see on the following picture they wrote “Santa Margarita volcano”, because two of the students had visited this curious volcano with a church in the middle, in La Garrotxa. Another aspect that they commented and wrote was that most of the volcanoes are found in islands and that, when they erupt, the islands, the wildlife, all the animals and all the trees disappear.

From this starting point I asked them what they would like to know about volcanoes.  Their main curiosity was how a volcano eruption happens.

We started the more theoretical part by distinguishing different kinds of landscapes and how landforms are made. They had to classify some pictures into three different groups: flat, mountain and coastal landscapes.

After understanding this first part, they learned the parts of a mountain and of a volcano.

Finally, they could understand the process of eruption and they watched different examples of volcano eruptions around the world and some of the consequences after them. They had to guess which were the areas where the volcanic action is more active.

They also built a volcano and made it erupt!!! They had a lot of fun with this activity while, most importantly, they were using English to communicate and decide how to create it.

To make it erupt they used bicarbonate and vinegar, and some colorants to give a more real effect. A student suggested that we could have used coke and mentos! Next time we can try with that! It will surely be another good way to represent the eruption.

To end with this theme we saw a short video of another natural disaster: an earthquake. We read some information about it and talked about the things we should do and not do in case of an earthquake.

We also put some water in a container and threw a little ball inside to see how the water moved, creating waves. We used it as if the ball was the focus where an earthquake had started.

These images show their fold mountains and  what happened if there were movements on the tectonic plates.

We all had a lot of fun learning all these science things in a very practical way, but we also did that in English, so it was a completely win-win!

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