10 Volcano Activities for Middle School

Have your kids ever made a volcano?

It seems every year we find a reason to break out the vinegar, baking soda, and red food coloring for more volcano activities.

Completing a volcano project is the perfect way to add extra fun to your earth science lessons, and to ancient history studies of the city of Pompeii.  You can even make a volcano when when reading Journey to the Center of the Earth. During middle and high school geography lessons teens learn about the four forms of orogenesis (the process of making new mountains). We've included lots of tools to help kids learn about volcanoes.

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We have used volcano activities to add extra fun to our earth science lessons, and to our ancient history studies of the city of Pompeii.  We even made a volcano when our book club read Journey to the Center of the Earth .

During our middle and high school geography lessons with North Star Geography we learned about the four forms of orogenesis (the process of making new mountains), including:

  • Plate convergence
  • Subduction
  • Obduction
  • Volcanic activity

There are so many reasons to have some fun with a volcano activity!

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10 Volcano Activities for Middle School

Here are some of our favorite cool online volcano activities and resources including explosions, food & fun!

1.Use maps to locate U.S. volcanoes and current Activity Alerts

2. Watch a simple experiment to see how a caldera (large volcanic depression) is formed

3. Download a poster to learn about the geologic hazards at volcanoes

4. Separate fact from fiction and find answers to frequently asked questions about volcanoes in movies

5. Find more than 15 amazing volcano videos from Discovery

Completing a volcano project is the perfect way to add extra fun to your earth science lessons, and to ancient history studies of the city of Pompeii.  You can even make a volcano when when reading Journey to the Center of the Earth. During middle and high school geography lessons teens learn about the four forms of orogenesis (the process of making new mountains). We've included lots of tools to help kids learn about volcanoes.

6. Some volcanoes erupt underwater and their hot by-products are cooled immediately – Make a volcano in a cup with erupting wax

7. Build your own erupting volcano with items found around the house

8. What do shaking a can of soda and a volcanic eruption have in common (besides making a BIG mess)?

9. Bake chocolate volcano cupcakes

10. Make a delicious volcano cake complete with “molten lava”

What is your family’s favorite volcano activity?

 


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Susan Williams
As a veteran educator I am always looking for new ways to bring learning to life for my family. I enjoy traveling, sharing ideas with other moms, and helping my children explore the world around them. We have been homeschooling for more than a decade and are now entering the final stretch of our homeschool journey with two teens in high school.
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Comments

  1. My boys LOVE making volcanoes! We made them often and have learned so much about them; our favorite was the day we attended a college level class put on by one of our homeschooling friends where the boys learned all about using Google Earth to explore the world’s volcanoes, where they’re all located, and how to tell if they’re active or not. It was very neat. The teacher had so many additional slides and pictures of volcanoes that my boys were completely enthralled.

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