Volcanoes: Second Grade Lesson Plans and Activities

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Young geologists explore volcanoes with a series of engaging geology activities. First, they learn the difference between magma and lava before coloring and labeling the parts of a volcano. During the lab, individuals watch a demonstration of the traditional vinegar and baking soda volcanic eruption. They then use a map to locate volcanoes around the world.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Second graders may have a hard time completing the experiment; it may be best for the teacher to conduct the experiment solely as a demonstration
  • Create a word wall and include terms like crust, mantle, lava, magma, erupt, volcano, vent, crater, and volcanic mud
Classroom Considerations

  • The first in a series of four lessons that make up a unit on the plate tectonics cycle
  • Have learners refer to pages 2-4 in the student workbook for this portion
  • Experiment requires toothpaste, vinegar, baking soda, pan, graduated cylinder, and a volcano model
Pros

  • Provides links for further investigation and research
  • Workbook for the entire unit is included below
  • Engaging and captivating to learners
Cons

  • Two of the five links do not work
Common Core