Thursday, May 6, 2010 11:41 PM By Kennie , In ,

Oh, "it's a great idea Kennie. you're kids will love it!"
Oooohhh, "let me know how it goes...."
Snicker, "good luck"

Yes, above are conversations with colleagues here and away about my plan to make volcanoes with my students. Some were very encouraging (which I was skeptical of) others ... seemed to fit reality much more closely....

Today, we began to make our volcanoes in class. Yes, paper mache volcanoes. Surprisingly, it wasn't as much of a disaster as I thought it was going to be. Only had one group melt down and dissolve, and a couple of students chase each other around with mache paste, but in all it didn't become the disaster that I thought it was going to be.

We managed to get our water bottles (our volcano mantle) taped down to the cardboard support, created a bristol board skeleton around it to make the volcano base, and even got three layers of paper mache on the skeleton. Right now they are all sitting on the table in the back of my classroom drying out, waiting to be painted tomorrow during Art class.... and with any luck, on Monday, we will be going outside to "set our volcanoes off". All I have to do now is find different colours of food colouring as most of my crew wants non-red lava (go figure).

Here's how they look so far (taken during our very long and extended science class today):





I can only imagine how they will look tomorrow after we paint and decorate them.


Morena said...

I made a paper mache volcano for my 4th grade science fair and loved it. I actually though just the other day how much fun that was going to be to make one with Oliver someday. Good for you for trying something like that with your kids. I'm sure they'll really enjoy it.

May 7, 2010 at 6:48 PM
Sarah said...

Wait, that headline says "sexual ass" hahahaha

May 18, 2010 at 10:09 AM