Have your kids ever made a volcano? It’s the perfect hands-on activity to complement your middle school geography lesson. It seems every year we find a reason to break out the vinegar, baking soda, and red food coloring for more volcano activities.
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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
- Volcanic activity
There are so many reasons to have some fun with a volcano activity!
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
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)?
10. Make a delicious volcano cake complete with “molten lava”
What is your family’s favorite volcano activity?