Lava Observation Activity – Middle School Monday

While using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy, one of our recent activities was to simulate lava and its action. This is to help understand what occurs on Venus.

Some pictures:


This simulation allowed the girls to see what happens when the liquid lava goes over the side of a mountain or along the ground, carving out valleys or canyons. It also allowed them to see how the lava cools and changes state to a solid.

This was a simple activity. It didn’t work as well as I would have liked but it did the job just fine and allowed us to use many of the words we have been learning to describe what we were observing.

This is today’s Middle School Monday post. Our middle school student participated in this, writing our her observations on a notebooking page. It was just as effective for her, even if she might have known the information ahead of time, because it allows her to actually observe what occurs and to put it into words.

At Home.

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4 thoughts on “Lava Observation Activity – Middle School Monday

  1. Annette Tinholt Vellenga October 11, 2016 at 12:06 pm Reply

    So what did you use to make this experiment work Lori? Is it just flour and butter???

    • 3gigglygirlsathome October 11, 2016 at 12:10 pm Reply

      Pretty much. Has a thimble in the middle to keep it from caving in. I never would have thought of it. Apologia has some nice, simple experiments and activities in this Astronomy course.

  2. Kym Thorpe October 12, 2016 at 7:45 am Reply

    Pretty cool way to demonstrate! We made a volcano out of ice cream many years ago, and poured root beer in the crater to make the “lava” bubble out and run down. LOL I think the melted butter would probably act a little more like lava though, especially as it solidifies.

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