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Building Volcanoes in Third Grade

January 30, 2017

Third grade students had fun building and erupting volcanoes in January. This went along with their study of the Earth's landforms.  To learn about volcanoes, the students read Pompeii, Buried Alive by Edith Kunhardt Davis, and Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne.  Cayden Benavidez, Gage Nutter, Bayleigh Mack, and Mazie Morris, students in Mrs. Nordstrom's class, have learned a lot.  Cayden mentioned that after the erupting lava cools down, it becomes rock.  Gage noted that when a lava chamber fills up, it can explode and blow the top of the mountain off, as it did for Mt. Vesuvius. 

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Their excitement is obvious when they talk about their erupting volcano experiment.  Gage laughed, "We heard Mrs. Thompson's class and it was funny because they all said, 'Whoa!' at the same time when they did it!"  Bayleigh added, "We all laughed when we heard them!"  The volcanoes erupted when students added dishwashing liquid, vinegar, and baking soda to a can in the middle of their volcanoes.  They also got to pick a color for their lava, using food coloring.  Mazie Morris' friend was wearing a white dress that day.  According to Mazie, "As soon as we put the vinegar in, my friend sat back!"  The students also noted that the experiment can be done at home. 

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No doubt students will be repeating the experiment because when asked what they thought about it, they all exclaimed, "It was awesome!"

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