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What is this activity?
What skills are being enhanced? What knowledge is gained?
What do you need to prepare for this activity?
Step by step guide
What questions can you ask to promote ECSEL thinking and discussions?
How can you extend children’s thinking?
The volcano represents a metaphorical container for our emotions. The “lava” represents our big emotions. When the volcano “erupts,” it’s a metaphor for a big emotional expression like a tantrum or a meltdown – it’s a “feelings eruption!”
ECSEL Standards & Learning Goals
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- One recycled plastic liter bottle
- School glue diluted with water
- White vinegar
- Food coloring of choice
- Baking soda
- Secure the recycled plastic liter bottle to a tray using tape.
- Support children in cutting out strips of paper.
- Use school glue mixed with water to adhere the strips to the upright bottle, forming a volcano shape. Make sure to keep the bottle opening unobscured!
- Paint the volcano once the glue is dry.
- Once the paint on the volcano has dried, discuss children’s hypotheses about what might happen (see ECSEL prompts).
- When the volcano has dried, pour vinegar into the bottle opening and add desired food coloring. Lastly, add baking soda and observe your student’s reactions as they watch what happens!
ECSEL Prompts are helpful questions & guiding statements you can use to provoke children’s thinking about emotions. These prompts are related to this specific activity.
Use these questions & ideas to extend children’s learning!
What emotion does the reaction remind you of? What else makes you feel that way?
What is a reaction? Can you think of any other reactions?
Preschool – Emotions Volcano