Well, That Was Messy!

We’ve had quite a few different activities in 4R lately that would definitely be found on the “messy” list (if there is such a list…hmm…).

First up, last Friday we had a very tasty lesson on the geography of Indiana.  After a search through our Social Studies books, we were able to locate the 3 (that’s right, 3!) different locations of Indiana’s state capital over the years.  We also found Fort Wayne and Lake Michigan, because, well, those are important!  Once those were found, we marked them on our “maps”…aka, our Indiana state shaped cookies.  It was quite the tasty learning experience.

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Then, today in Science, we learned about earthquakes and volcanos.  To help reinforce the ideas we talked about in our book (and to get a little messy), we did two different activities.  The first activity dealt with volcanos.  With a partner, we built a volcano out of toilet paper.  Then, the “magma” (baking soda) inside the volcano was placed, ready to rumble.  Finally, we added the “shifting plates inside the earth’s crust” (vinegar and food coloring) to our volcano and watched it erupt.  It was messy, smelly, and fun.

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Our second activity today dealt with plate tectonics.  We used some food items to demonstrate how shifting plates beneath earth’s surface affect the ground around them.  Taking a graham cracker, some marshmallow fluff, and two pieces of chocolate, we were able to show how the space between two plates can be filled with magma and other rocky items as the plates shift and move!

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Then, of course, we were left with a yummy s’more to munch at the end.  We also took to graham cracker pieces, dipped them in water, and pushed the pieces toward each other to demonstrate how colliding plates can cause damage to the surface of the earth from underneath.  (No pictures of this, unfortunately.)

Social Studies and Science you can eat?!  Making a mess is ok?!  What is this world coming to?!  😉

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