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Erupting Volcanoes

Volcano Investigation


Inspired by our class reading book, we have been researching and investigating volcanoes in Geography and Science. Once we had learned about the different features of volcanoes we wanted to build our very own models of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi (the volcano featured in The Firework Maker’s Daughter) in D.T.


We planned how we would construct our model volcanoes and then quickly got to work building them. Here’s a recap of what we did:

Step 1 - tape a water bottle to a large piece of card.

Step 2 - attach 3-5 layers of balled up paper, around the bottle, to create the mountain side.

Step 3 - carefully lay papier-mâché over the balls of paper.

Step 4 - paint the dried papier-mâché.


Finally, once the paint was dry, we used our science knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to complete our Eruption Experiment. Everyone was extremely excited about how the experiment would go!