Volcanoes are fascinating and scary. They can spew out hot toxic gases, ash, magma and even fiery rocks!
Kids always seem to get excited with things that explode so they may really enjoy learning about volcanoes in a fun science unit study format.
If you watched the news this past summer, you may have seen the Kilaeuea Volcano that was erupting and traveling rivers of hot lava throughout the channel to the ocean south of Kapoho in Hawaii.
My children were fascinated with the videos of flowing lava like something out of a movie!
Here are some interesting facts from National Geographic Kids that will get your children excited about learning about volcanoes:
- The word volcano is derived from the Roman name “Vulcan” which is the Roman god of fire.
- A volcano is an opening in the earth’s surface, usually in a mountain, which gas, hot magma and ashes can escape from.
- Volcanoes can be found on the ocean floor and even under ice caps.
- Volcanoes can be classified as active, dormant, or extinct.
- There are 1,900 active volcanoes on earth that are likely to explode.
- 350 Million people live within the danger range of an active volcano!
- The lava that comes out of volcanoes can reach 1,250 degree Celsius and will burn and melt anything in it’s path.
Your kids will enjoy these printables and unit studies all about volcanoes:
Volcano Printables, Coloring Pages and Worksheets:
All About Volcanoes Worksheet – Education.com
We have created a FREE Historic Volcanoes Notebooking Research Journal Instant Download that will get your children digging into the history of volcanic eruptions that made the history books.
They will discover 37 different historical eruptions and will research the type of volcano, how much damage it caused and other facts to record in their journal.
Volcano Unit Studies:
FREE Volcano Printable Pack and Volcano Lesson Ideas – Meagan Gets Real
Any volcano study would not be complete without creating some of your own volcanoes to erupt! Here is a round-up of volcano themed sensory projects and science experiments your kids will love:
Here are some good books to read when learning about volcanoes:
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