Yesterday we had a lot of fun in our geography session. I had printed up a map of the active volcanoes of Iceland and had to draw in the one causing all the trouble at the moment as it is considered a nice quiet one.
The children found Iceland on the atlas map and then we looked at the line of volcanoes on the map of Iceland I’d printed.
They remembered a whole lot of stuff from way before Easter about the core, mantle and crust of the earth and tectonic plates and fault lines. I was impressed. So, they DO learn and remember!
Then it was time to make our own volcanoes. It’s easy to do.
You need some smallish jars and lots of clay or play doh. The children stick the clay/play doh to the jars to make a volcano like shape.
Then you need some hotish water and a few drops of food colouring; we used red as that’s a good lava colour-but I don’t see why you couldn’t just make it up.
In went a couple of generous teaspoons of bicarb and a splash of vinegar and up bubbled our line of volcanoes. More bicarb and vinegar and a bit of lemon juice kept it going for quite a while.
We ended up with the back yard swimming in red liquid which Iona thought looked well dodgy. But no, neighbours, we haven’t murdered the man from the LA.
In the morning we did the usual lessons and I thought I would mention how flexible the More Starfall sheets can be. I just wrote Latin words into the make a worksheet thingy and Avila had some Latin to practice with her letter formation practice.