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Volcanic eruptions invite exploration of the Earth’s interior. This colorful exhibit is perfect for a science fair project or classroom display.
Around the world, there are approximately 1,500 active volcanoes. Invite studednts to share what they already know about volcanoes. Then have them make a class list of what they would still like to know about these mountains.
Organize students into small groups and provide them with text resources as well as teacher-selected Internet web sites that will aid them in their quest to find out more about volcanoes.
Students will use their research to construct a cut-away view of an active volcano. With Crayola® Scissors, students cut out a volcano mountain shape from recycled cardboard.
Illustrate the inside of the volcano with Crayola Gel Markers. Use different colors to represent areas such as magma pools, central vent, sill, chambers, and earth plates. Color-code these on the cardboard or on a base of cardboard or oaktag.
Crumble recycled newspaper into boulder shapes. Cover with masking tape. Pile and attach these boulders behind the cardboard cutout to form the back slope of the volcano mountain.
Roll out Crayola Model Magic. Cover the taped newspaper armature with a layer of Model Magic. Use Crayola School Glue to reinforce any connections between Model Magic and the paper. Air-dry the mountain overnight.
Create colored modeling material for the outside of your volcano by blending white Model Magic with color from a Crayola Gel Marker. Roll into snakes and cover the mountainside. Leave cracks for fissures and secondary vents. Apply modeling material in thumbprint sizes to add texture and dimension to the figure. Air-dry the construction overnight.
Glue volcano to its labeled base. Air-dry before displaying.
While waiting for the Model Magic to dry, students compose a summary paragraph discussing their new learning about volcanoes. Post writing with models in a school hallway.
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