Monday, March 7, 2011


If you are following the experiment on Forcing Bulbs, stay tuned.  We will be publishing our results soon!

Did you know that on March 5,  a fissure opened on Kilauea's rift zone?  This fissure is still erupting lava...
Photo Credit:  Tim Orr, USGS, Science Daily

This recent volcanic activity inspired the Science Mommy to post a research investigation:
Ages: This one is for the Big Kid Scientists

Materials: Volcano resources - online or print.  This is a great opportunity to help your Kid Scientists learn to use a web browser to do a search, determine importance, and record their thoughts.  You can use this graphic organizer or something similar to help your Kid Scientist.

  • Choose an investigative question that interests you, or write your own.
  • Use the resources available to find information that will help you answer the question.
  • Find a way to share what you have learned.  Remember to report your findings in your own words and keep track of the resources that have helped you.
Alternate Procedure for Little Kid Scientists:
  • Find pictures of volcanoes - in magazines books, or online.
  • Invite your Little Kid Scientist to explore the pictures...they can sort the pictures, they can ask as many questions as they can think of about the pictures, they can talk with you about what they notice & wonder, they can choose one volcano and do some guided research with you...
Investigative Questions:
  • Where are the most active volcanoes in the world?
  • What is the difference between an active volcano and a dormant volcano?
  • How are volcanoes in different areas similar?  How are they different?
  • What makes the volcanoes in Hawaii unique?
  • How do geologists monitor volcanoes?  What data do they collect?  What do they do with the data?
  • How are earthquakes and volcanoes related?
The Science Mommy would love to hear what you learn about volcanoes!  
Have fun with your research!

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